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Gants Hill ‘scaffold towers’ cladding not the same as Grenfell

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 July 2017

Problems continue for residents of Gabrielle House, three years on, this time with mould appearing in stairwells and debris blocking gas flows

Problems continue for residents of Gabrielle House, three years on, this time with mould appearing in stairwells and debris blocking gas flows

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The cladding at the infamous Gants Hill “scaffold towers” has been tested and it is not the same type as Grenfell’s, it can be revealed.

Shortly after the tragic fire in North Kensington, which is thought to have killed around 80 people, developers Taylor Wimpey conducted an internal review of the insulation on Gabrielle House, Jasmine House and Carmel House.

In a statement sent to the Recorder, a spokesman said: “We can confirm that it is not ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) as used at Grenfell Tower.

“Our programme of remedial works has been reviewed and inspected by the local fire brigade, approved by the National House Building Council, and is being undertaken in line with expert advice from our independent fire safety consultant.”

It is thought the flammable polythene cladding which surrounded Grenfell Tower caused the fire to envelop the 24-storey block within an hour.

The Taylor Wimpey spokesman added: “The safety of our customers, their families and everyone working at, or visiting our developments, is our number one priority.”

The news is good for residents in the troubled flats, known as the “scaffold towers”.

The three luxury blocks, on the corner of Perth Road and Eastern Avenue, were built on the site of the old Odeon, but have been plagued by problems since their construction.

In 2015 scaffolding went up to fix water leaking into flats, but two-and-a-half years on and the scaffolding still hasn’t come down.

Residents say it is like living in a “black box”, with netting covering windows and balconies, and debris piled up everywhere.

The developers say the work should be complete by March 2018.


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