Cladding on St Helier tower block 'is fireproof'
THE cladding being used in a high-rise refurbishment project in St Helier is 'non-combustible' and meets the highest safety standards, building regulators have confirmed.
Work is under way at Convent Court in Val Plaisant to renovate and clad the 13-storey block of flats.
If information coming from London is correct, the material being used at Convent Court is not the same as that which was used on Grenfell Tower.
The Environment Department has also moved to reassure Islanders that any cladding used on Jersey properties must reach the highest independently verified international safety standards.
Nonetheless, Planning has said it will conduct a review of its standards when the findings of a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy are published.
Mo Roscouet, director of Jersey's Building Control, said the Grenfell Tower cladding was a different material entirely to the type being used at Convent Court.
'The product is Swisstherm, which is fixed directly to the external walls of the building. It achieves Class A1 in fire tests, which is recognised as being non-combustible.'
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