Council wait for Ampthill Square tower block cladding test results
30 June, 2017 — By Richard Osley
A fire at the Gillfoot block of the Ampthill Square estate in 2011
CAMDEN Council may have to wait until early next week until tests on cladding at another one of its housing estates, the Ampthill Square tower blocks, is a fire risk.
While samples for the now-evacuated Chalcots estate were ‘first in the queue’ when the government set up a national testing centre in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy, it has not yet received an answer on the cladding at the three tower blocks near Mornington Crescent.
All cladding so far sent by local authorities across the country for testing has failed fire safety tests, leading the council to be cautious about making predictions about what the results will show for Ampthill Square, although previously Camden was confident they would not reveal a problem.
Camden was preparing to remove the cladding at the Chalcots – which contains a similar plastic to materials used at Grenfell – before being told by the fire services that the estate also had a series of other risks, leading to the order to evacuate.
Materials from other towers blocks in Camden – Bacton in Gospel Oak, Denton in Kentish Town and Casterbridge and Snowman in West Hampstead – are being tested on the basis that they have a concrete render skins rather than panels.