Dangerous cladding removed from Poplar tower block

Dangerous cladding has been removed from Randall House Pic: Tower Hamlets Council

Unsafe cladding found on a housing block in Poplar following the Grenfell Tower fire has been successfully removed.

The aluminium composite (ACM) cladding which was used on Randall House failed tests rolled out across the UK to ensure the safety of residents following the blaze in Kensington which killed 71 people last June.

Tests on the materials showed the cladding build-up used on part of the north façade of the building fell short of the safety standards required. Any such cladding that fails safety tests must be removed.

Tower Hamlets Council and its development partner Guildmore have now fully removed the dangerous ACM cladding from the tower block to comply with the safety regulations.

Mark Baigent the Interim Divisional Director for Housing and Regeneration at Tower Hamlets Council said: “Residents can be assured that their home now has safe fire-resistant cladding and I’m grateful to Guildmore for processing this job so swiftly and efficiently.”

Engin Ertosun, managing dirctor of Guildmore, said: “At Guildmore, our highest priority is to ensure the safety of residents who call our buildings home. We are pleased that these works have now been completed to the highest safety standards and to the satisfaction of the Council and Building Control.”

The testing of ACM was instructed by the Government to ensure that all dangerous cladding on tower blocks over 18 metres could be identified. In the testing process an independent panel of experts were tasked to determine whether the ACM cladding fell within the current building regulations.

Housing blocks across the East London Lines boroughs have faced similar issues and have had unsafe cladding removed.

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