Re­as­sur­ance given on Lochaber cladding

The Oban Times - - News -

A LOCHABER coun­cil­lor is seek­ing to re­as­sure res­i­dents cladding in­stalled on pub­lic and pri­vate prop­er­ties are safe fol­low­ing the high rise flats fire in Lon­don.

Fol­low­ing the Gren­fell dis­as­ter and con­cerns of High­land res­i­dents, Caol and Mal­laig coun­cil­lor Al­lan Hen­der­son asked coun­cil of­fi­cials to check on the types of in­su­la­tion and cladding the coun­cil has over­seen and in­stalled on lo­cal au­thor­ity prop­er­ties along with pri­vate own­ers.

Mr Hen­der­son said he has been re­as­sured by the lo­cal au­thor­ity the ma­te­ri­als used are safe. Speak­ing to the Lochaber

Times he said: ‘I am re­as­sured by of­fi­cers that the ex­ter­nal cladding/in­su­la­tion in­stalled tended to be Rock­wool in­su­la­tion me­chan­i­cally fixed to the walls, then cov­ered in metal lath and ce­ment ren­dered.

‘This, I am as­sured, will pro­vide a non- com­bustible en­ve­lope. As an ex­tra pre­cau­tion, gas pipe risers should have been ex­ter­nally face fixed to pre­vent any leak­age per­me­at­ing be­hind the ex­ter­nal cladding. If you have any doubts about this, con­tact your hous­ing of­fi­cer.’

Mr Hen­der­son said he has been as­sured the coun­cil is in the process of dou­ble check­ing this as well as re­view­ing fire safety ar­range­ments for flats.

The Caol coun­cil­lor also asked about the cladding in­stalled at Lochaber High School.

‘The sys­tem used at Lochaber High School in­cor­po­rates a Trespa cladding panel on a metal car­rier rail sys­tem with 100mm Kingspan KJ pheno­lic in­su­la­tion board me­chan­i­cally fixed to the ex­ist­ing struc­ture,’ said Mr Hen­der­son. ‘ This in­su­la­tion board has a class 0 fire pre­cau­tion rat­ing which is the high­est rat­ing in the clas­si­fi­ca­tion in­dex. This sys­tem was also de­signed to the cur­rent high Scot­tish build­ings stan­dards which are more oner­ous the higher up a build­ing they are in­stalled on. The cladding/in­su­la­tion met all the rel­e­vant stan­dards ap­pli­ca­ble at the time of re­fur­bish­ment. My thanks to of­fi­cers for dili­gently check­ing the de­tails in our area.’

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