Tests reveal combustible cladding on King’s College Hospital building

Admin (06 July, 2017)

The hospital had already taken the decision to remove all cladding from the small building which is used for administrative purposes

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Cladding on a King’s College Hospital building has tested positive for combustibility.

The hospital took the decision to remove all cladding from the building, described as a “small non-patient area”, as a precaution after it was identified as potentially having the same cladding as that used on Grenfell Tower.

It has since been confirmed that a sample of the cladding on the building, used for administrative purposes, tested positive for being combustible.

A King’s spokesperson said: “Following an independent review by specialist fire engineers at Arup, one small non-patient area at King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, was identified as potentially having the same cladding as that used on Grenfell Tower.

“The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is paramount and therefore as a precautionary measure we immediately removed this cladding in its entirety.

“It has since been confirmed that the sample tested positive. The affected area is not used by patients and there was no disruption to services while the cladding was removed.”

A spokesman for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said the trust was still awaiting results of tests to its Guy’s Tower cladding but that none of its buildings were thought to have been clad in the same material as that of Grenfell Tower.

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