Cladding removal halted amid fire safety confusion

Aaron Morby 3 years ago
Share

Two housing associations in Salford have halted cladding removal work on tower blocks amid confusing advice about fire safety.

The move came after the Government was advised to carry out more thorough testing on suspected combustible cladding systems.

So far nearly 200 buildings have been tested and found to have combustible aluminium cladding.

But now the Government’s own advisory panel has recommended that more thorough fire tests of the complete cladding system is carried out including both mineral and polyisocyanurate foam insulation panels.

Eight tower blocks managed by Salix were among 29 in Salford that did not pass the combustibility tests.

Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: “Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy three weeks ago, Salix Homes has moved quickly to reassure residents living in our high rise blocks across Salford.

“Investigatory work began last week to remove cladding from our affected blocks, which has been temporarily replaced with aluminium panels to protect the building and ensure it remains watertight.

“However, advice regarding the removal of cladding is now unclear and there is conflicting information about the need to remove the panels.

“In line with other housing providers in Salford and across the country, we’ve now halted the removal of further cladding where this work has started until we have clearer guidance from the authorities on the best and safest solution to replace the affected cladding.”

City West Housing Trust has also now confirmed it had suspended the removal of cladding from 12 high-rise blocks in Eccles which had failed the combustibility tests.

BRE is now working up the new testing regime to ascertain how different systems react to fire.

Tests will look at three different types of ACM cladding combined with different types of insulation in accordance with British Standard 8414.

This involves building a 9m tall demonstration wall with a complete cladding system – including panels and insulation – fixed to it, and then subjecting it to a fire that replicates a severe fire in a flat breaking out of a window and whether it then spread up the outside wall.

Six combinations of cladding systems will be subjected to the BS8414 test procedure.

The six systems will incorporate each of the three common types of aluminium composite material panels, with core filler materials of unmodified polyethylene, fire retardant polyethylene, and non-combustible mineral.

The two insulation materials used in the testing will be rigid PIR foam or non-combustible mineral wool.

Latest news

SES Engineering Services MD steps down

Jason Knights to leave Wates, once successor found
5 hours ago

Government protects trade credit insurance cover

£10bn guarantee to stop the market seizing up
2 hours ago

Leeds civil engineering contractor collapses

Athena Civil Engineering placed into administration
9 hours ago

Buyers report downturn easing after April Covid carnage

Supply chain disruptions still hampering reopened sites
7 hours ago

Barhale back in profit after problem contracts loss

Civils giant bounces back after tunnelling issues on aqueduct scheme contribute to £15m loss
10 hours ago

Coronavirus disruption tips Van Elle into the red

Former Galliford Try finance director to become chairman of piling specialist
10 hours ago

£300m to kick-start three major London schemes

Infrastructure funding for 20,0000 homes at Brent Cross, Silvertown and Barking Riverside
10 hours ago

JRL Group names new civils MD

Matt Love to lead £18m specialist piling business
22 hours ago

HB Reavis acquires prime Shoreditch site

Construction to start next year on latest workplace scheme
10 hours ago

Premier Inn restarts construction work on 35 sites

Hotel giant committed to long term expansion plans
1 day ago

London £130m Old Kent Road scheme approved

Work to start early next year at former Carpetright warehouse
17 hours ago

Plans go in for 42 acre London food market

Billingsgate, Spitalfields and Smithfield to get a new home in Dagenham
1 day ago

Kier Highways and Seddon reinstated to Prompt Payment Code

Contractors now keeping to pledge to pay 95% of suppliers within 60 days
1 day ago

Leading brick makers to axe 600 jobs

Ibstock and Forterra restructure businesses to meet forecast fall in demand
1 day ago

London fit-out firm Square Metre in administration

Fifty jobs cut as lockdown tips £32m fit-out firm over the edge
1 day ago

Last webinar for contractors interested in £600m plant

Final procurement information event before OJEU notice next month
1 day ago

Offsite system to cut staircase construction times by 80%

New integrated balustrade system added before precast stairs lifted into place on site
2 days ago

Arup bags job to re-open Cardiff city centre

Arup plans to improve public spaces, repurposed streets and digital infrastructure
2 days ago

Hard-hat mounted cough guard will help protect site workers

New product from JSP will help keep sites safe
2 days ago
JSP Ltd

Keep the industry updated by joining the Enquirer Directory

Membership lets construction know you are open for business now or in the future
2 years ago

Balfour Beatty to start £355m Hull A63 scheme

All systems go for delayed Castle Street upgrade to transform Hull
2 days ago

Contractors face data danger fighting covid contract disputes

Redundancies could see project knowledge lost
2 days ago

Mace bags role on £39bn Northern Powerhouse Rail plan

Firm takes lead on project controls, project, stakeholder and commercial management
3 days ago

Cash flow fears spark call for another delay to VAT changes

Thousands of firms unaware tax change could cut cash flow by 20%
3 days ago

Driver unveils changes at the top

Mark Wheeler takes helm as Gordon Wilkinson steps down as CEO
2 days ago

ISG mobilises for £17m north London town hall fit-out

First phase of £150m Waltham Forest Town Hall redevelopment starts
2 days ago

Morrison wins £42m Scottish factory of the future

Work to start this summer on National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
2 days ago

London mayor loans Mount Anvil £50m to boost building

New partnership to boost housing and construction in the capital
3 days ago

Henley Construct lands £12m Croydon housing contract

Demolition to start imminently to revamp street market site
2 days ago

Piling problems force BAM to tear down building frame

Major construction issues delay new £65m Sheffield University faculty building
3 days ago

Contractor services