London's newest hospital building failed fire safety checks

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Cladding on London’s newest hospital building failed fire safety checks ordered after the Grenfell Tower disaster, the NHS revealed today.

The £160 million Guy’s Cancer Centre opened last September as part of a vision to develop world-class cancer care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS trust.

Initial investigations raised no concerns but subsequent checks found that rain screen panels on the 14-storey tower were made of aluminium composite material. 

Similar materials are thought to have contributed to the spread of the inferno at Grenfell Tower, in which at least 80 people died on June 14.

Work to replace the cladding, which covers about 15 per cent of the exterior, is due to begin within weeks. The building, which has fire detection systems and sprinklers, will remain open after London Fire Brigade said it was safe.

Government guidance issued last week states that aluminium composite material presents a “significant fire hazard” on tall buildings.


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