High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd January 2020.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on whether any remedial fire safety work was carried out on the Cube building in Bolton prior to that building catching fire in 2019.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Department commissioned BRE to investigate the fire at the Cube alongside the formal fire and rescue and police investigations. This work was done as part of our ongoing contract to investigate fires. BRE stated in their report that fire and rescue services informed them that intumescent cavity barriers were retrofitted to the Phase 2 block in 2017.

We are also aware of a review of the fire performance of building cladding undertaken in February 2018.

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