At Wolverhampton Homes, the safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority and we pride ourselves on our commitment to fire safety. All of our tower-blocks have been tested to check what type of cladding system is installed and more importantly, is it safe?
Of the 36 tower-blocks we manage across the city, 18 have cladding. Following the Grenfell tragedy of 2017, we know that people often hear the word 'cladding' and assume the worst. Rest assured, our cladding is very distinct from that used on Grenfell.
12 of the 18 cladded tower-blocks we manage are clad with insulated render. The cladding has been tested and conforms to the Government's latest requirements, meaning that it poses no additional risk in the event of a fire. The 12 blocks are:
- Highfield Court, St Joseph's Court and Pennwood Court, Merry Hill
- Arthur Greenwood Court, Bilston
- Grosvenor Court, Gregory Court and William Bentley Court, Wednesfield
- Wodensfield Tower and William Bentley Court, Wednesfield
- Clem Attlee Court, Hugh Gaitskell Court and Winston Churchill Court, Stowlawn
Other forms of cladding
The three blocks on the Graiseley estate have been clad in a system that uses panels of solid aluminium sheeting, with mineral wool insulation behind it. The cladding has been tested and confirmed 'non-combustible', meaning that should a fire break out at any of the blocks, the cladding will not help to spread it. The three blocks are:
- Graiseley Court
- Russell Court
- Grosvenor Court
Cladding at Heath Town
The cladding present on the three tower-blocks in Heath Town that we manage, is comprised of boards formed from an aggregate resin, which conformed to building regulations when it was installed in the early 1990s.
In line with our commitment to fire safety, we tested the cladding again in 2017 and we're pleased to confirm that the cladding is made from a non-combustable material and conforms to what is known as 'Class 0' in terms of the spread of fire - this means that the cladding poses no additional risk in the event of a fire.
- Last Updated: Friday, 15 March 2019 15:50