Colin Everett, Chief Executive and Clare Budden, Chief Officer Community and
Flintshire County Council have received a number of requests trying to
establish if the cladding system used on Grenfell Tower in London is the same
system that has been put in place following the completion of a major
refurbishment of the three tower blocks in Flint, known as ‘The Heights’.
Given the ongoing investigations following the tragic and distressing events
at Grenfell Tower it would not be appropriate for the Council to speculate on
the exact specification of the system or products that were used on that
building. However, the system in place following the refurbishment of ‘The
Heights’ uses different components and a different method of application to
that understood to have been used at Grenfell Tower.
Flintshire County Council completed the refurbishment project with the
Principal Contractor, SERS and during the design process, many methods and
material choices of cladding were researched. The final choice of construction
method was chosen to maximise the safety of our tenants in The Heights. The
programme of refurbishment which was carried out included a number of
protective measures, the most significant of which was the installation of a
sprinkler system designed to quickly contain a fire in the event of one
The Council has in place an ongoing programme of fire risk assessments
designed to monitor, assess and improve fire safety measures for all our
housing stock. These assessments are shared with the North Wales Fire and
Rescue Service (NWFRS) for independent observations.
The Council and NWFRS will be holding a reassurance event this week for
council tenants at which fire and rescue service and council staff will be
available to answer questions and provide information.
The Council’s sympathies and thoughts remain with the victims and their
families and all those affected by the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.