Grenfell Tower fire: Where has unsafe cladding been identified?

The block is just an eight-minute drive from the Chalcots Estate where more than 800 people were evacuated by Camden Council on Friday night after cladding tests revealed they were combustible.This comes after the government announced that 60 high-rise buildings in 25 local authorities across the country have now failed fire cladding safety tests after the Grenfell Tower disaster.The government, which is pushing for councils to speed up their assessment of high-rise buildings, said buildings in 25 local authorities in Doncaster, Norwich, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland had failed tests.”Camden Council has decided it will immediately begin preparing to remove these external cladding panels from the five tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate”.Bob Doris, convener of the Scottish Government’s local government and communities committee, said: “There are thousands of families and individuals living in high-rise accommodation across Scotland and they are understandably looking for reassurances at this deeply worrying time”.Since then, authorities have evacuated hundreds of apartments over fire safety concerns, sometimes facing resistance from residents.”They should act now, get the fire service in, check the buildings that they think may be affected, put in place mitigation measures if required, or, as in the case of Camden, if they need to evacuate, that needs to happen”.Officials said that every sample of aluminium cladding so far sent for testing amid concerns that it was similar to that used on the west London tower block where at least 79 people died had been deemed unsafe after failing a combustibility test.Sir Ed Davey said: “It is utterly outrageous that British law has failed people in tower blocks across the country and allowed flammable material to be used as cladding”. The council said it hoped most would be found temporary accommodation before having to spend a third night there.Refurbishment of the Chalcots Estate was overseen by Rydon, the company involved in the refit of Grenfell Tower, according to the Rydon website. There are no sprinklers and no main fire alarm for the building and we have no access to the roof as an exit in the event of a fire.The spokesman said the authorities had the capacity to test 100 samples of cladding material a day and were nowhere near reaching that number. “But I don’t know nothing, no one’s really told us what’s going on”, one resident said.Following the Grenfell Tower fire, local authorities across the United Kingdom have scrambled to identify other buildings that potentially have the same risk.Frank notes that officials estimate it will take three to four weeks to make the buildings safe.It said in a statement: “Where cladding fails the test, this will not necessarily mean moving residents from tower blocks”.Outer cladding on the high-rise failed a fire safety test and will be removed “as soon as possible”, Hounslow Council said.