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High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 5440, tabled on 20 January 2020

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.

Answered on

23 January 2020

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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