Cladding on seven tower blocks in Eccles is to be removed after failing Government safety tests.

The Tower Blocks are owned and managed by City West Housing which have undergone internal and external refurbishment over the last seven years. This has included the fitting of cladding systems to the exterior of the blocks.

In a statement on the organisation’s website, they say

“We now have the results of this test from the samples of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) we submitted for seven high rise blocks in Eccles, which has found that that whilst the material met all current building regulations, it has not met the latest DCLG test criteria. This applies only to cladding to one elevation.”

They add

“Whilst our fire safety arrangements are very robust, as customer safety is of paramount importance, we have taken the decision to remove the cladding in question on these seven blocks, as a precautionary measure. We have taken immediate action to arrange the removal of the affected cladding and the programme of work will begin imminently. We are awaiting confirmation in respect of five blocks at Barton Village.

City West Housing have advised customers of the plan to remove the cladding and are providing assurance and are in the meantime undertaking additional inspections and checks in relation to fire safety, inside and outside the blocks.

They are also continuing with the provision of a 24 hour a day presence walking the central Eccles blocks to assist in the unlikely event there is a fire, in order to provide customers with additional assurance.


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