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Everton high-rise residence identified as not meeting cladding test criteria

Everton high-rise residence identified as not meeting cladding test criteria

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is working closely with Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) after testing carried out on the cladding panels at Marwood Towers in Everton, Liverpool revealed it did not meet the test criteria.

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has confirmed the cladding is Alucobond Plus which is highly fire-retardant, unlike that used at Grenfell Tower in London.

Fire Safety Officers from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service have liaised with representatives from LMH and Liverpool City Council’s Housing & Building Control team to review the fire safety arrangements at Marwood Towers and a full fire safety audit has been completed.

As a precautionary measure, the cladding on the building is being removed by external contractors engaged by Liverpool Mutual Homes and fire marshals have been deployed whilst the work takes place.

In addition to the audit, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has undertaken a series of Home Fire Safety Checks to provide extra reassurance to residents and has tested the dry riser within the building (a vertical pipe connected to a pressurised water source that distributes water to multiple levels of the building) to ensure its functionality.

The building has a working alarm system and has been retro-fitted with sprinklers.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service will be visiting all high-rise residences across Merseyside to carry out fire safety audits according to risk-based priority.

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