Sixteen tower blocks run by the Social Housing Group One Manchester have now been confirmed as being covered in cladding which may be dangerous following the London Grenfell Tower fire which killed at least 79 people nearly two weeks ago.

In a statement updated on the group’s website this morning, the Company said that

  • Tests of cladding samples were ordered following concerns about cladding made of Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM), which is used in 16 of our 17 tower blocks. We have now had the results and can confirm that, like many others across the country, the samples from all of our blocks that are clad with the Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) have failed the tests.

The blocks are

Abbey Court, Gorton
Cornwall Court, Gorton
Cundiff Court, Levenshulme
Platt Court, Rusholme
Worsley Court, Rusholme
Bickerdike Court, Longsight
Thomas Court, Hulme
Westcott Court, Hulme
Ledburn Court, Hulme
Royce Court, Hulme
Duffield Court, Hulme
Hornchurch Court, Hulme
Fulton Court, Hulme
Hulme Court, Hulme
Hopton Court, Hulme
Meredith Court, Hulme

A contractor, says the organisation,  has been instructed to remove the ACM cladding and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting all 16 tower blocks today  to undertake in depth safety assessments.

“We will act on the advice of the Fire Service to ensure that all necessary safety measures are in place to avoid the need for homes to be evacuated for any period.”

24-hour security is now in operation in every tower block to provide a ‘wakeful watch’ to raise the alarm and manage the building evacuation in the event of a fire.

 

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