Norwich tower block that failed fire safety tests named following Grenfell Tower tragedy
A Norwich tower block is one of 60 blocks across 25 areas that has failed fire safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Officials said every single sample to have undergone safety checks so far has failed.
At least 79 people died in a fire at the west London block with many still missing and presumed dead.
Broadland Housing’s Brennan Bank next to Norwich City Football Club is one of the high and mid-rise buildings that has failed safety tests.
Following tests, a sample of cladding from the building was found to be a current cause for concern in high-rise buildings, although the council says it compares with building regulations.
But residents at the tower block say they are are very worried and no longer want to live there anymore.
Broadland Housing Association said it has acted swiftly to ensure the safety of tenants.
Additional measures have been put in place to reassure tenants in private apartments in neighbouring buildings which are constructed the same;
- Trained warden will be employed to inspect the blocks and reassure and advise residents about fire safety, 24/7.
- Advice has been provided to residents about fire safety in their homes and in the communal areas.
- Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service will also offer residents home fire safety checks.
- In the interim, and until further notice, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has strongly recommended that the current evacuation policy to ‘stay put’ is replaced by a policy to ‘evacuate immediately’ in the case of a fire.
- In the interim, parking under the blocks will be suspended and alternative parking arrangements will be made for residents.
A review meeting held by Broadland Housing, Norwich City Council, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, developer Taylor Wimpey and managing agents of the adjacent blocks, discussed the safety implications of the cladding and reviewed the fire risk assessments for all the blocks in question.
It concluded that the risks posed by the cladding can be mitigated by remedial action in the short term.
As an additional precaution, we have also made sure that in the event of a fire at these buildings, we would be able to respond with extra fire engines.
I understand residents may still have concerns so fire service officers have have been going door to door in these buildings today giving advice and reassurance, answering questions and leaving contact details in case anyone wants to book a home fire risk check.JAMES BELCHER, HEAD OF PLANNING AT NORFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE
Hundreds of blocks are yet to be tested, with the Department for Communities and Local Government estimating that around 600 residential tower blocks nationally are fitted with cladding.