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Second block of Redbridge flats fails post Grenfell cladding tests

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:08 23 August 2017

Redbridge Foyer, in Sylvan Road, Ilford, has failed the government's cladding test in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. Picture: Google

Redbridge Foyer, in Sylvan Road, Ilford, has failed the government's cladding test in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. Picture: Google

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Cladding on a second building in Redbridge has failed safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire, it can be revealed.

The insulation and cladding used in the Redbridge Foyer, in Sylvan Road, Ilford, failed the new government fire safety tests late last month.

These checks were introduced following the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower, on June 14, which claimed at least 80 lives.

The polythene core cladding caused the fire to quickly spread and engulf 24-storey tower block, turning it into an inferno.

Since then local authorities and the government have been testing combinations of cladding and insulation in high rise buildings across the country.

The North Kensington tower’s cladding has emerged as the most flammable, particularly when used with combustible plastic foam insulation.

The Recorder understands the Foyer’s cladding was different to Grenfell’s, however the insulation used on the fifth and sixth floors failed the new safety checks.

The block of flats, which used to be supported living for vulnerable young people, is owned by East Thames Housing Association and run by Redbridge Council.

An East Thames spokeswoman said: “The building passed building regulations at the time it was built and was awarded the appropriate certification.

“However the Grenfell tragedy has revealed further safety checks are necessary.

“We will be undertaking a programme to remove this combination of cladding and insulation, and will be replacing this with a type which meets updated safety requirements.”

The Recorder has learned that the council informed the residents of the news in late July, after the tests were carried out, and they have been kept regularly updated on the progress.

The housing association spokeswoman added: “East Thames will meet all costs associated with the replacement of cladding.

“Residents will not be expected to contribute.”

The Foyer is the second building in Redbridge known not to pass fire safety checks, after some of the cladding at the Orchard Estate, in Woodford Green, had to be changed in June.

The Orchard failed when the local authority tested all council owned buildings in the days after Grenfell, but the Foyer is the first block in the borough to get picked up by the government tests.

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