Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

The fallout from the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy continues to be felt across London and elsewhere.

It comes after Camden Council became the first authority to evacuate residents from their homes for fire safety reasons.

"Arconic is discontinuing global sales of Reynobond PE for use in high-rise applications", the company said in a statement.

The building's cladding fueled the flames as they rapidly ascended and engulfed most the 24-story building.

"Twenty-four tower blocks have been refurbished over the last 30 years and we have consistently used products that are widely used in the United Kingdom and have complied with building regulations when they were received the cladding works".

The council are making the move despite confirming none of the towers in the borough are on the list of 600 high rise blocks suspected of having combustible cladding.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan backed the Camden Council's decision to evacuate the apartment blocks. As the fire rose, it punched its way into the tower's interior.

"The facade, installed past year at Grenfell Tower, in panels known as cladding and sold as Reynobond PE, consisted of two sheets of aluminum that sandwich a combustible core of polyethylene".

In a statement, Robert Bond, CEO of Rydon Group, said: "We have been working with local authorities for almost 40 years and safety and quality are integral to everything we do at Rydon".

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The communities and local government minister, Sajid Javid, told Sky News over the weekend that the forced evacuation had been spurred not just by the cladding, but by many other "fire safety failures", including missing fire doors, insulation used on gas pipes, and plywood used above doors.

Members of the emergency services work inside burnt out remains of the Grenfell apartment tower in North Kensington, London.

Grenfell Tower and numerous buildings tested are all part of government-run, low-cost, public housing developments.

He added: "I am concerned about the speed at which samples are being submitted".

"Older towers, in particular, should have thorough safety audits to look at the effectiveness of alarm systems, internal sprinklers/fire dispersal and fire-safe means of escape among other things".

'Second, fire safety systems must be in place and fire risk assessments done regularly.

"The fact that all samples so far have failed underlines the value of the testing programme and the vital importance of submitting samples urgently".

As part of the project, the concrete structure was fitted with new windows and new aluminium composite rainscreen cladding. "The issue is they supplied material that was used above their own marketing material's suggested limit", said Seaport Global Securities analyst Josh Sullivan.

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