Combustible Grenfell-style cladding will be replaced on three tower blocks
PUBLISHED: 14:01 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:17 08 August 2018
Newham Council has agreed to replace combustible Grenfell-style cladding on three residential tower blocks.
Tanner Point, Nicholls Point and Ferrier Point have already been stripped of the Aluminium Composite Material (ACM), which failed fire safety tests undertaken after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June last year.
The solar panels which have also been removed from the buildings will not be replaced due to budget constraints, the council said.
A council report noted: “A significant programme of fire safety works is required which includes the removal and replacement of the existing external cladding.
“Newham has taken a decision to remove all of the ACM cladding as well as the solar panels and to replace with cladding offering limited combustibility.”
Cladding panels used on the tower in Ladbroke Grove, west London, burnt quickly and has been blamed for contributing to the spread of the fire which killed 72 people.
The flammable material was fixed to Tanner Point and Nicholls Point during “major refurbishment” works in 2008. It was added to Ferrier Point a year later.
After a review of safety regulations in the wake of Grenfell, the government said the material should not be used on new buildings over 18m high.
The cladding replacement project was unanimously agreed by Newham’s Strategic Development Committee last night.
Work is expected to be completed by May next year.
Councillor Rachel Tripp said: “Officers have been literally working through the night in some cases to ensure residents in these blocks are kept safe.”