Leicester high-rise building confirmed to have failed cladding test

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has released a statement today (July 20) on the matter.

It has been confirmed that a high-rise building in Leicester failed a cladding test that was carried out following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has released a statement today (July 20) on the matter.

Neither the service, the Government, or the city council, has revealed which building failed the test.

A spokesperson from the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service can confirm there has been one confirmed cladding test fail on a high-rise building in Leicester.

“Our fire protection officers have worked very closely with the building’s owners and with their full cooperation have been to the premises and carried out a fire safety inspection.

“We have concluded that as the premises have got adequate passive and active fire safety measures in place, including a sprinkler system and extra staff on site, the building remains safe for occupancy.

“Leicestershire Fire and rescue Service do not carry out any testing on the cladding and are notified, along with the local authority, by DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) after they have the results information.

“DCLG are the owners and originators of this information, and as such, we do not feel it is necessary or appropriate for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to identify the building in question.”

The news comes following an Echo article that states a Barrow-upon-Soar resident has concerns about cladding materials used by Charnwood Borough Council.

But the borough council states its cladding meets safety regulations and has written to around 1,000 residents to reassure them.