Cladding on city hospi­tals to be re­viewed af­ter Gren­fell

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

CLADDING is to be re­viewed at two hospi­tals in Birm­ing­ham which could be a fire risk af­ter the Gren­fell tragedy, while the ciy coun­cil has vig­or­ously de­fended a £31 mil­lion in­vest­ment to roll out sprin­klers in tower blocks.

Fur­ther as­sess­ments will be car­ried out on cladding fit­ted to the Ward Block 1 build­ing at Good Hope Hos­pi­tal in Sut­ton Cold­field and the Hy­brid Theatre at Heart­lands Hos­pi­tal. A re­port, out­lin­ing Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil’s re­sponse to Gren­fell Tower, is due to go to cab­i­net on Thurs­day (May 24) and states that Heart of Eng­land NHS Trust sur­veyed all build­ings on their hos­pi­tal sites.

It said: “The out­come of the sur- veys was that there are very few build­ings, that fall un­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the trust, where cladding has been used in the build­ings’ de­sign, and of those build­ings, only two, Ward Block 1 at Good Hope Hos­pi­tal, which is a medium to high rise build­ing, and the Hy­brid Theatre at Heart­lands Hos­pi­tal, where pa­tients may not nec­es­sar­ily be evac­u­ated, would be con­sid­ered of a slightly higher risk, and fur­ther as­sess­ments of the cladding on these build­ings will be un­der­taken.”

The trust has been ap­proached for fur­ther com­ment. Dur­ing the same cab­i­net meet­ing the ex­ec­u­tive is due to launch a staunch de­fence of a pro­posed £31m in­vest­ment to retro­fit sprin­klers to the city’s 213 tower blocks af­ter the move was tem­po­rar­ily blocked last month.

The de­ci­sion, which would have seen the in­stal­la­tion of ‘sup­pres­sions sys­tems’ to more than 10,000 flats over three years, was called in by for­mer Labour coun­cil­lor Barry Hen­ley who claimed the tower blocks did not need them ar­gu­ing the money would be bet­ter spent else­where.

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