3 August 2017

Independent tests have shown that cladding in 20 council tower blocks in Sheffield is made from solid aluminium, and is safe.

Sheffield City Council commissioned the tests to further reassure residents following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London.

The authority has 24 tower blocks in Sheffield. Three in Stannington are clad in brick. The remaining one, Hanover tower, is having its cladding removed after one element of the system failed the Government’s new fire safety test.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Sheffield City Council, said: “Independent tests have shown that the cladding on twenty of our tower blocks is not combustible.

“I hope this news provides further reassurance to our residents, so they can feel safe in their homes.

“People’s safety is our absolute priority and we have carried out a huge amount of fire prevention work in recent years. I’ve also announced that we will be installing sprinklers in all our tower blocks, to provide extra reassurance to residents.”

Sheffield City Council has a rolling five-year programme of health and safety works to all council flats and maisonettes. Since 2010 this has focused on fire precaution works such as fire doors, filling cavities with a fire barrier product and hard-wired smoke alarms.

The authority will start consulting with tenants and leaseholders about its plans to install sprinklers. This consultation will be done on a block-by-block basis and will start later this year.

Sheffield City Council already has one tower block with sprinklers – Callow Mount – which was retro-fitted in 2011, as part of work with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/council-housing/fire-safety for more information.