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Three hospitals fail cladding fire safety checks

Buildings at three hospitals have failed fire safety checks over cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

London’s King’s College Hospital, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and North Middlesex University reported they had buildings found to have aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding.

Much of the focus has been on the cladding used on Grenfell Tower after a blaze tore through the 24-storey Kensington block last month, killing at least 80 people.  

At King’s College, cladding on an office building has been removed as a “precautionary measure” after a test sample failed a fire safety test. 

In Sheffield, the NHS Foundation is in the process of removing cladding. “Measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of the building while the ACM is removed,” the NHS said.

At North Middlesex University Hospital, cladding on the main building – which includes outpatient, day surgery, link corridors and office facilities – failed the fire resistance test.

The hospital said it would “examine the appropriate actions necessary to address this issue”.

The issues emerged after the NHS ordered 38 organisations to submit cladding samples to check if they had similar cladding to the type used on Grenfell Tower.  

Eleven NHS sites passed the test, while at a further 19 it was deemed no further action was necessary.

Five other hospitals are awaiting combustibility test results from the Building Research Establishment.

Last week, Construction News revealed that Salford-based housing association Salix Homes had stripped cladding from eight of its tower blocks.

Separately, eight blocks refurbished by Wates Living Space in the Manchester area have also had their cladding removed.

The government revealed yesterday that 190 buildings have so far failed fire safety cladding checks across 51 local authority areas.  

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