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Fire safety of Scholar's Court cladding does not need testing say council

By Ben Comber

Cambridge Guildhall. Picture Keith Heppell
Cambridge Guildhall. Picture Keith Heppell

The cladding does not require testing as it is made from aluminium composite.

The council said that cladding used in the construction of its Scholar’s Court block of flats on Harrison Drive is not of a type that requires testing under the government guidelines issued after the Grenfell Tower fire.

It has now been confirmed that the particular type of cladding used at Scholar’s Court does not require testing as it is not made from aluminium composite.

The council says construction of Scholar’s Court meets all current building requirements and the insulation material used carries a Class 0 rating (the lowest rating).

The council has confirmed with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service that there is no need for any further inspection at Scholar’s Court.

Cllr Kevin Price, executive councillor for housing, said: “The safety of our tenants and all residents is our priority. This is why, earlier in the week we chose to proceed with the testing of cladding materials used at Scholar’s Court, until we could be sure that testing was not in fact required.

“We are continuing to work closely with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, partner organisations and landlords to identify any buildings that may give residents cause for concern, and will act on any further guidance from the government and the fire service.

“We also urge all landlords and managers of private residential blocks to ensure that they are aware of the government advice on the help that is available in checking their buildings for safety. This information is available from www.gov.uk and can also be accessed via the homepage of the council’s website.”

Following the fire, the government has asked the council to identify any high-rise properties taller than six storeys or 18 metres which have been clad externally with insulating materials. Scholar’s Court is a recently-constructed brick building with a small amount of cladding, and it was initially thought by the council that the cladding may require testing by the Buildings Research Establishment.


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