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Bristol's tower blocks do not have Grenfell cladding

Bristol's tower blocks have not been named in the PM's list. Photo: PA Images

Bristol's tower blocks have not been included in a list of hundreds across the country which have similar cladding to Grenfell Tower as announced by the Prime Minister.

Theresa May has revealed a list of 600 buildings thought to be wrapped in a similar material to that which exacerbated the enormous fire at the flats in Kensington.

Bristol's Mayor has said that fire safety checks are not over yet though. Additional inspections of the cladding will be carried out by an independent body and the council is looking into sprinkler installation.

We have no evidence to suggest there is cause for concern about our tower blocks, but we are monitoring events very closely and will take on board any recommendations that come out as a result of the investigation. This would include any necessary changes to the way we do things.

– Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
The council buildings have Fire Risk Assessments which are up to date. Credit: PA Images

Earlier this week Marvin met with local residents while Avon Fire and Rescue Service spoke to tenants and reassured them about fire safety in light of the tragic events in West London.

I want to reassure our tenants that we are doing all that can possibly be done to protect them, and do everything we can to avoid a similar tragedy in Bristol.

– Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Marvin Rees discusses Bristol's tower block safety with Avon Fire and Rescue. Credit: ITV News

Bristol City Council are looking into installing sprinklers in all multi-story blocks of flats and bringing an independent body in to carry out checks on all clad blocks including reviewing approval certificates, materials used and confirming that there are fire breaks in the buildings.

Paul Smith is the Council Cabinet Member for Housing.

Bristol's cladding is very different to the type used at Grenfell. So at Grenfell, their cladding which basically is attached to the structure and sits apart from the walls, in Bristol the cladding is actually stuck to the walls so it becomes part of the wall and also, we have fire breaks at each floor so that fire can't spread.

– Paul Smith, Bristol City Council