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Cladding on the Greenfield Tower appears to have been changed during a renovation to reduce costs, according to media reports.

The BBC has reported that documents which it obtained show that contractors working for the Kensington and Chelsea Council were asked to replace zinc cladding with a more cost effective aluminium version during a refurbishment in 2014.

One document forwarded to contractors in July 2014 contained a list of potential savings amounting to £693,161 which could reduce the cost associated with the contract from about £9.2 million to about £8.5 million, the BBC reported.

This included £293,368 which would be saved by fitting ‘aluminium cladding in lieu of zinc cladding’.

Other documents seen by the The Times newspaper reportedly show that contractors had been sent an ‘urgent nudge email’ regarding the refurbishment which urged them to provide ‘good costs’ on cladding.

Earlier planning documents suggest that the original plan for the building revolved around zinc cladding with a fire retarded core, the BBC reported.

Residents had also been told that their new cladding would be made of zinc.

The latest news follows the resignation of Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Nick Paget-Brow, who stepped down amid what he said was a need to accept responsibility for ‘perceived failings’ by the Council after the tragedy.

The developments also follow acknowledgements from the UK Government that cladding from 149 tower blocks had failed fire safety tests across 45 local authority areas.

Tests are being carried out on 600 buildings around the country.

Combustible cladding was thought to have contributed to the spread of the Greenfell fire, which has killed at least 80 people.

 
  • Melbourne is rife with the same cladding yet Mr Wynne feigns surprise! He's known about it for years and refuses to hear residents' concerns. His arrogance is bewildering putting industry profits before lives. Business before consumers is the VBA motto. With further incidents reported it's only a matter of luck many haven't died and at some point that luck will run out. With Richmond now a Lib/Green marginal it's not before time "Death-sentence Wynne" is booted.

  • Andrew, I read that the original cladding was altered but it had been reported that the difference in the two types of cladding was a relatively small £5,000.00. However, it is interesting that by changing the cladding the savings for the contractor added an extra profit of £293,368! Certainly a tidy sum!
    Little by little, the facts do come to light – but the whole picture is far from complete. The commitment to secrecy remains top priority. Think Australia – same commitment to hiding the facts from the public and sadly the same disregard for people's lives and the unnecessary, devastating human suffering. If only people really had human rights. If only people could expect to have the 'right to know'. If only people counted instead of Business and Governments counting profits with no regard for the cost to human lives. It is beyond wicked and worst of all that this is only possible because it is endorsed by and enabled by the 'people's' Governments.

  • these things need to stop, seriously. it's only a matter of luck many haven't died and at some point that luck will run out.

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