Cladding set to go
A TEESSIDE block of flats HAS been covered with combustible cladding, a housing company has confirmed.
Thirteen Group says that following further, in-depth inspections, Kennedy Gardens in Billingham has been found to be partially clad with “grade three cladding”, which is combustible.
The group’s safety officials have tested all 20 of its Teesside tower blocks after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London, which has claimed 79 lives with many more missing and feared dead.
Thirteen originally said none of its buildings had combustible cladding fitted, and insisted that none of the materials found on Grenfell could be found on Teesside.
But after further checks, the company will now inform residents at Kennedy Gardens in person, with staff on hand “to provide reassurance and give practical advice on minimising fire risks”.
There will be no urgent evacuations, a spokesman said, and immediate action to remove the cladding has been taken.
Thirteen Group chief executive Ian Wardle said: “We acted immediately to ensure the safety of our residents by checking and double checking the nature of the cladding on our buildings, where it exists. We had specified that the cladding should be fire retardant and following tests that have shown that this is not the case, work to remove the cladding will begin as soon as physically possible”
Kennedy Gardens in Billingham