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Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

27 June 2017

Safety checks were continuing on the cladding on high-rise buildings across the country.

However, he pointed out that testing was the "trigger" to prompt a fire safety inspection which highlighted a raft of issues including nearly 1,000 missing fire doors.

Nonetheless, Arconic advised in one brochure seen by Reuters that combustible cladding materials were a fire risk in tall buildings and that above 30 metres (98 ft) non-combustible materials should be used.

It added: "All our buildings conform to fire and safety regulations and have been signed off by building control and the fire authority".

Cork County Council has confirmed that a similar aluminium composite material panel to that used at Grenfell Tower in London has been used to a limited extent within the County Hall building.

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Councils in Liverpool, London and Plymouth have ordered the removal of panels following the tests and follow-up inspections by fire experts.

Bibiche Kiala, 35, a resident of Dorney, another of the towers, said that the sudden order to evacuate had left many residents shaken and upset, including those with children.

Arconic Inc said its Reynobond PE panels were being withdrawn over "inconsistencies in building codes around the world".

More than 1,000 fire doors were missing from Camden tower blocks evacuated in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Government has said. But under the regulatory system in force in Britain, builders and property owners faced no such restrictions and may have wrapped hundreds of buildings in the potentially risky cladding.

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As a result of the incident, the British government is carrying out tests on 600 high-rise buildings across England that are covered in cladding, most of which were built in the 1970s.

County Hall, which caters for some 700 employees, incorporates a number of fire safety measures including an alarm system, sprinkler protection, an automatic smoke ventilation and detection system, as well as a carefully designed means of escape, the council said.

It has also complicated decision-making over what to do with residents who live in them, and who may need to be housed elsewhere while the unsafe cladding is removed.

All registered landlords in Cambridge are being contacted to let them know that if they have any concerns about cladding used in their properties, samples can be sent for testing to the Buildings Research Establishment.

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Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise