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Sheffield Town Hall and the Peace Gardens
Sheffield Town Hall and the Peace Gardens

Statement following testing of cladding in Sheffield City Council tower blocks

26 June 2017

  • Cladding to be removed from Hanover tower block in Broomhall
  • Sheffield City Council’s advice – it is safe for people to live in homes as the Council has carried out extensive fire stopping and fire prevention works in tower blocks over the last few years
  • One element failed the new Government test
  • Residents’ safety is our utmost priority
  • The metal cladding that has been installed in Hanover is NOT the same type that was used at Grenfell Tower
  • The council and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are working closely together to make sure all tenants and leaseholders feels safe in their homes whilst we remove the cladding

 

We have taken the decision to remove the cladding from Hanover tower block in Broomhall, Sheffield.

We are checking the metal cladding on our tower blocks and it has now been confirmed a single element of the cladding system at Hanover has failed new fire tests.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said:  “Our utmost priority, as always, is our residents.

“Our advice is that all Hanover residents are safe to remain in their homes while work to remove the cladding takes place. This view is supported by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (SYFR).

“24 tower blocks have been refurbished over the last 30 years and we have consistently used products that are widely used in the UK and have complied with Building Regulations when they were received the cladding works.

“Sheffield City Council has asked for this independent assessment of all its tower blocks so tenants and residents can feel reassured and safe in their homes

“We will not rest until we can assure tenants that our blocks are safe. We have carried out our own assessment which has revealed that the cladding on Hanover needs to be removed and we will do this straight away.

“We believe it is safe for people to remain in their homes and SYFR is supportive of our approach.

“If residents do have particular anxiety and wish to leave, we will provide temporary accommodation for them.”

Safe to stay put

This afternoon (Monday 26 June) we have begun to inform people living in all 125 properties in Hanover that it is safe for them to stay in their homes while the work is carried out.

We will, from this afternoon, have security on site 24 hours a day while the building works take place and will hold a residents’ drop-in session from 4pm to 9pm this afternoon.

We will also hold updates with residents to inform them of progress.

We will continue to assess other tower blocks in line with our own investigation and that of the Government.

Hanover has fire doors, hard-wired smoke alarms, fire-stopping systems and a staff presence 24/7. We are asking tenants to continue checking their smoke alarms and remove any waste.

 

Notes to editors

  • 21 towers in the city have rain screen cladding.
  • We have announced we will be fitting sprinklers to all of our 24 tower blocks – to  read our release visit the website here