Sutton residential tower block fails fire safety tests

Inside Croydon

A nine-storey residential tower block in north Sutton which had a multi-million-pound “upgrade” completed only last October, has failed fire safety checks on its exterior cladding.

Chaucer House in Sutton: its cladding has been declared unsafe

The residents of 96 homes in Chaucer House received letters today informing them of the test results on the cladding recently fitted to their block. The letter was sent jointly from the council, the Sutton Housing Partnership, which manages the borough’s social housing, and the London Fire Brigade.

The tests were carried out following the Grenfell House tragedy in Kensington two weeks ago, where 79 people are confirmed as dead or missing, and with fears that that number will rise.

According to the Chaucer House letter, cladding samples were submitted by Sutton only on Monday this week.

“We have now received the results of the testing which has shown that the cladding at Chaucer…

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