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FOI 14323

Tower Blocks

Request


Please answer the following questions. I make this request under the Freedom of Information Act. For clarity, residential tower blocks should include those in your area, whether they are owned or managed by the council, arms-length housing company, housing trust, or whether privately owned or any other form of ownership or management.


1) How many residential tower blocks are there in your council area? How many people live in these tower blocks?


2) How many of those residential tower blocks do not contain sprinkler systems? How many people live in tower blocks without sprinkler systems?


3) How many residential tower blocks do not have a central fire alarm system? How many people live tower blocks that do not have a central fire alarm system?


4) How many residential tower blocks are cladded? How many people live in cladded residential tower blocks?


5) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Aluminium Composite Material (also known as Aluminium Composit Panels)? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with ACM/ACP?


6) Please state, for each building cladded with ACM/ACP, the type of insulation and core used with the panels, for example polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PUR), profiled metal or a mineral core. How many residential tower blocks are cladded with each
core? How many people live in each building cladded with each core?


7) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Reynobond PE cladding? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with Reynobond PE cladding?


8) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Reynobond FR cladding? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with Reynobond FR cladding?


9) Where another type of cladding was used on a residential tower block, please state the type of cladding used. How many buildings are covered with each other type of cladding and how many people live in them?


10) Where cladding has been installed on a residential tower block, please state the name of the company that carried out the installation (where this is known).


11) Where fire tests have been carried out since the Grenfell Tower fire, please state how many residential tower blocks have been found to be cladded with materials found to be combustible? Please state how many people live in these tower blocks and the
type of material that was found to be combustible.


12) Please provide a copy of any fire test reports on cladding that have been produced since the Grenfell Tower fire and the results of these tests.


13) Please provide a list of all buildings in your area (residential and non-residential, where council managed or not) with ACM cladding and buildings more than 18m high. Please provide a copy of fire rest reports and results on these buildings (see 11)


14) How many of these buildings are used to house asylum seekers? How many asylum-seekers live in these buildings?



15) Please provide a copy of any correspondence with the Government about tower block cladding sent or received since 13 June, 2017.



16) Please provide a copy of any correspondence sent or received in the last seven years between the council and your local fire brigade and you local coroner about cladding on any buildings in your area.


17) Please provide a link to any planning applications involving cladding in the last seven years and a copy of any fire safety advice about cladding.

















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Response



1) How many residential tower blocks are there in your council area? How many people live in these tower blocks?
Three High Rise Blocks are owned by the Council along with many other below this level. The three high rises are listed below:
• Masefield Court, Victoria Road, CM14 5EF – 12 floors – 50 flats.
• Gibraltar House, The Drive, Warley, CM13 3AZ – 13 Floors
• Drake House, Sir Francis Way, CM14 4TG – 8 Floors

The Exact number of tenants is unknown, we are currently undertaking a Tenancy Audit to identify the exact number of residents per flat.

2) How many of those residential tower blocks do not contain sprinkler systems? How many people live in tower blocks without sprinkler systems?
None of our residential blocks contain sprinkler systems.

3) How many residential tower blocks do not have a central fire alarm system? How many people live tower blocks that do not have a central fire alarm system?
Currently only our sheltered blocks have central fire alarm systems.

4) How many residential tower blocks are cladded? How many people live in cladded residential tower blocks?
None

5) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Aluminium Composite Material (also known as Aluminium Composit Panels)? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with ACM/ACP?
N/A

6) Please state, for each building cladded with ACM/ACP, the type of insulation and core used with the panels, for example polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PUR), profiled metal or a mineral core. How many residential tower blocks are cladded with each core? How many people live in each building cladded with each core?
N/A

7) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Reynobond PE cladding? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with Reynobond PE cladding?
N/A

8) How many residential tower blocks are cladded with Reynobond FR cladding? How many people live in tower blocks cladded with Reynobond FR cladding?
N/A

9) Where another type of cladding was used on a residential tower block, please state the type of cladding used. How many buildings are covered with each other type of cladding and how many people live in them?
N/A

10) Where cladding has been installed on a residential tower block, please state the name of the company that carried out the installation (where this is known).
N/A

11) Where fire tests have been carried out since the Grenfell Tower fire, please state how many residential tower blocks have been found to be cladded with materials found to be combustible? Please state how many people live in these tower blocks and the type of material that was found to be combustible.
N/A

12) Please provide a copy of any fire test reports on cladding that have been produced since the Grenfell Tower fire and the results of these tests.

N/A

13) Please provide a list of all buildings in your area (residential and non-residential, where council managed or not) with ACM cladding and buildings more than 18m high. Please provide a copy of fire rest reports and results on these buildings (see 11)
None

14) How many of these buildings are used to house asylum seekers? How many asylum-seekers live in these buildings?
No Council owed buildings are used to House Asylum Seekers.

15) Please provide a copy of any correspondence with the Government about tower block cladding sent or received since 13 June, 2017.
Please see attachment.

16) Please provide a copy of any correspondence sent or received in the last seven years between the council and your local fire brigade and you local coroner about cladding on any buildings in your area.
We do not hold this information.

17) Please provide a link to any planning applications involving cladding in the last seven years and a copy of any fire safety advice about cladding.


The Council publishes all planning applications online for the public to view at http://publicaccess.brentwood.gov.uk/online-applications/. We also regularly publish monitoring reports on subjects such as housing delivery, available to view on our website at http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=880 and with datasets contained in these monitoring reports freely available to view and use on our Datashare website at http://opendata.brentwood.gov.uk/ (view data under “Housing” and “Planning” for housing monitoring data). Whilst details of individual applications and cumulative data can be viewed online, unfortunately data relating to materials such as cladding are not specifically categorised and so there is no quick way to provide a response to your question. It has been deemed that this would require an officer to check each planning application between 2009-10 and 2016-17, which would exceed the appropriate time limit of 18hrs for this request. Therefore, it is deemed that this information is exempt under Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, details for each planning application are available to view at the above link(s) for you to review. In many cases the assessment of building materials, including fire safety advice, will be undertaken as part of the building regulation process and not through a planning application.