Fire safety update

Published on 03/08/2017

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in June, the government has commissioned a range of tests that look at the fire safety of tower blocks that have cladding.

The latest round of tests looks at the safety of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding when combined with various types of insulation. The results show specifically that category 3 ACM cladding combined with foam or mineral wool insulation fails the tests. This affects six L&Q schemes in Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harlow, Lewisham, Redbridge and Southwark.

All affected buildings passed building regulations at the time they were built and were awarded the appropriate certification. However the Grenfell tragedy has revealed further safety checks are necessary. We are therefore undertaking a programme to remove this cladding / insulation combination on these and replace it with a type which meets updated safety requirements while keeping the building warm and dry.

Where the affected buildings are occupied and we manage the tenancies, we have written to residents to let them know what is happening and set out next steps. Where we do not manage the tenancies we are working with the managing agent to ensure that residents are kept informed

Our 24 hour onsite security presence will continue until the cladding has been removed and replaced. We will also continue daily checks of the buildings and will keep up an enhanced staff presence on site so that we can keep regular communication going and pick up any fire safety issues that arise.

Based on advice from the fire brigade, we won’t be moving residents out of these blocks, as the measures we have put in place ensure their safety.

We will now look at suitable alternative cladding systems and will follow all advice and guidance issued as a result of the latest government tests. L&Q will pay for the work to replace cladding, residents will not be expected to contribute.

We remain committed to ensuring the safety of our residents and their homes. We will consider all possible methods of mitigating fire risk and have made this work an immediate priority, setting aside the necessary staffing and budgetary resources to deliver solutions quickly.