Work will start Monday on removing window capping on a high rise block in the borough following detailed assessments in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Decorative capping, which is found only on the external stairwell windows on Silverwood House on Balby Bridge is being removed as a precautionary measure in the interests of public safety. The assessment show that the capping was found to have some fire retardant properties - fire retardant means it slows fire down, but this is not as good as being fire resistant, which is the best standard.
Since the London fire, Doncaster Council and its housing provider St Leger Homes have been working with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to review the fire risk assessment for the council’s nine high rise blocks of flats. As a result of this work tests confirm that the cladding system used on all Doncaster's high rise blocks is an External Wall Insulation (EWI) render system which is not the same as was used at Grenfell Tower, and is fire resistant and meets the necessary safety standards.
As the safety of residents is the number one priority, two samples of decorative capping detail from Silverwood House was also sent for testing.
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The Government's experts deemed that one of the types of capping detail contains no insulation at all, and it was confirmed that this did not require testing.