Trafford Housing Trust

Tower Blocks Fire Safety Update 28-6-17

28 June 2017

You may have seen in the news that all UK tower blocks are currently having samples of their cladding, which is the material on the outside of buildings, tested for fire safety.  Of the 120 tower blocks tested so far, every block has failed the test.

We have now had confirmation of our test results.  The materials we use on our blocks were previously specified as being safe and compliant with building legislation, however as with every other tower block tested so far, our cladding, which covers just 15% of the building surface, also failed the test.

You may have spotted the Fire Services around your building.  We are working very closely with them to answer two important questions:

  • In addition to the actions we’ve already taken, what else do they recommend we do to make sure our customers are safe in their homes?
  • Of the options available to manage the cladding issue, which is best for each of our blocks?

Over the coming weeks, we are also completing further Fire Risk Assessments to the highest possible level of detail.  The results of these Assessments, alongside the advice of the Fire Services, will inform the decisions we make about what to do with the cladding.  As soon as the way forward is finalised, we will be in touch to let you know.

In the meantime, please remember our new safety advice which is to evacuate the building as quickly and safely as you can in the event of a fire.  Please read our 'Fire safety in tower blocks' section for more information.

If you have any concerns, please talk to your local Housing Officer or give us a call on 0300 777 7777.  We also have additional team members available in your buildings each day to help with any questions.


Related articles:

28-6-17 - Fire Safety - all of your questions answered 

28-6-17 - Trafford Housing Trust Media Statement - Cladding Test Results

27-6-17 - Latest update - Tower blocks fire safety 


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