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Cladding replaced on two Oxford tower blocks

Evenlode Tower now has fire-resistant coating Photo: Oxford City Council

Work to replace cladding on two Oxford tower blocks has been completed.

Both Evenlode and Windrush towers in Blackbird Leys now have fire-resistant coating.

Oxford City Council removed the old cladding following last year's Grenfell fire after it failed new government fire safety tests.

The old cladding was removed in 2017 after failing fire safety tests Credit: ITV Meridian

It is one of the first local authorities in the country to complete such work.

The council had already planned to fit sprinklers in the tower blocks as part of £20 million improvement works across its five tower blocks that began in 2016.

Last month Prime Minister Theresa May announced £400 million to fund the removal of dangerous cladding from tower blocks by councils and housing associations.

The city council hopes this fund will cover the £1 million it spent to replace the cladding.

Windrush Tower now has sprinklers in every flat Credit: Oxford City Council

I'm pleased that we have completed the replacement of cladding on the two tower blocks ahead of schedule and given the residents added reassurance that they're safe in their own homes.

"The ongoing Grenfell inquiry is likely to lead to recommendations to the Government that may lead to further changes in guidance in relation to fire safety. The Council will adopt any such changes as advised by the Government.

"Across the five tower blocks under our £21m repairs programme, workers are in the final stages of resolving small snagging elements to complete what has been a large scale construction project. We have completed this process with roughly 80 per cent of the flats already."

– Cllr Mike Rowley, Board Member for Housing, Oxford City Council