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Dangerous cladding removed from tower block in Poplar

PUBLISHED: 16:49 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:49 25 April 2018

The cladding has been removed from Randall House. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council

The cladding has been removed from Randall House. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council

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Dangerous cladding discovered on a two-year-old housing block in Poplar following the Grenfell Tower fire has now been removed.

The unsafe aluminium composite (ACM) cladding on Randall House had failed fire safety tests carried out after the tragic blaze which killed 71 people last June.

Independent tests showed the cladding buildup used on part of the north façade of the tower block fell short of the standard required so it was removed by Tower Hamlets Council and its development partner Guildmore.

Mark Baigent, interim divisional director – housing and regeneration at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “Residents can be assured that their home now has safe fire resistant cladding and I’m grateful to Guildmore for processing this job so swiftly and efficiently.”

Engin Ertosun, managing director of Guildmore, added: “At Guildmore, our highest priority is to ensure the safety of residents who call our buildings home. We are pleased that these works have now been completed to the highest safety standards and to the satisfaction of the council and building control.”

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