Council sends cladding from Hatfield for testing as ‘precaution’ after Grenfell Tower tragedy

PUBLISHED: 13:05 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:21 27 June 2017

Queensway House.

Queensway House.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

The borough council has sent cladding from Hatfield’s Queensway House for testing as a “precautionary measure” following the Grenfell Tower tragedy earlier this month.

Queensway House.Queensway House.

The town centre’s high-rise building near Hatfield Library underwent refurbishment in 2012 – during which cladding was installed – sparking concerns after it emerged the Kensington building’s cladding breached fire safety regulations.

Welwyn Hatfield Council subsequently assured residents that Queensway had a different type of cladding to Grenfell, and confirmed it was fire resistant.

However, a council spokeswoman said the local authority sent off segments for testing as a precaution on Monday.

She added: “Our top priority is to protect residents, and although we have received confirmation from the refurbishment contractor that the cladding and insulation system is not the same as that used on Grenfell Tower, we want to take every precaution possible.”

It emerged yesterday that cladding sent to the Government from 75 high-rise buildings across 26 local authority areas have all subsequently failed combustibility tests.

The spokeswoman added: “Our liaison with the Government, fire service and independent specialists continues, as part of our ongoing inspection work.

“We are expecting to receive the test results in the next couple of days and will keep residents updated as soon as new information becomes available.

“In the meantime, we would like to reassure all residents that we take fire safety very seriously, and have provided fire safety advice and information on the safety measures in place at Queensway House. This is also available to view on our website.”

Queensway House has 66 flats, the majority of which are one-bedroom.

The spokeswoman encouraged anyone with concerns to contact Hatfield Housing Office on 01707 357088 or to email

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