High Rise Blocks in Eccles

Posted: 28/06/2017

City West Housing Trust owns and manages 12 high-rise blocks in Salford 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.

Following the Grenfell Fire, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) requested that we submit samples of one type of the cladding for testing of the cladding on these 12 high rise blocks.

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.

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.

We have advised customers of the plan to remove the cladding and are providing assurance. In the meantime we are undertaking additional inspections and checks in relation to fire safety, inside and outside the blocks. We will also continue 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. Anyone with any concerns should email hello@citywest.org.uk or call 0300 123 55 22

Please remember that we do have robust fire safety arrangements in place, all dry risers on our high rise blocks are inspected 6 monthly with a dry test and a 12 monthly full test by a competent contractor. In addition, further scheduled maintenance, testing and inspection is undertaken on fire alarms and emergency lighting, at regular intervals, again to meet legislative timescales. City West Housing Trust staff undertake regular visits to the blocks to ensure corridors and stairways remain unobstructed, in addition to alarm checks and general fire compliance checks. We also work closely with the Fire Service who visit our blocks on a regular basis.

Customers are asked to continue to be vigilant in preventing fires by;

· Keeping shared areas clear

· Recycling and using rubbish chutes for domestic waste (if you have them)

· Making sure unwanted bulky items like fridges and sofas are safely removed. Call Salford City Council’s Environmental Services on 0161 909 6500 or talk to a member of our team

· Checking that you use the right fuse to prevent overheating

· Making sure electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark when you buy them

· Keeping to one plug per socket. Certain appliances, such as washing machines, should have a single plug to themselves, as they are high powered

· Being careful not to overload extension leads

· Keeping electrical appliances clean and in good working order to prevent them triggering a fire

· Checking for signs of dangerous or loose wiring such as scorch marks, hot plugs and sockets, fuses that blow or circuit breakers that trip for no obvious reason, or flickering lamps/lights

· Checking and replacing any old cables and leads, especially if they are hidden from view, behind furniture or under carpets and mats

· Unplugging appliances when you are not using them or when you go to bed

We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding.