This article is from May 2016 - see below for updates on the fire on June 14 2017.
The leaders of Kensington and Chelsea Council have been given the tour of a north Kensington tower block after it received a major £10 million refurbishment.
Leader Nick Paget-Brown and deputy leader Rock Feilding-Mellen visited Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate to see the transformation themselves.
Funded by the council as part of a wider £67m investment of the area , the wide-ranging improvements include the installation of insulated exterior cladding, new double-glazed windows and a new communal heating system, which will enhance energy efficiency and help reduce residents’ living costs.
There will also be an impressive new foyer.
Nine new homes were also developed from unused spaces in the building which is managed by Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) , while there are also new facilities at the Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club and Grenfell Nursery for children under three.
The two-year project, which was designed and delivered by KCTMO in partnership with Rydon Construction, was a carried out while all 120 flats remained occupied, following close consultation with residents
“It is remarkable to see first-hand how the cladding has lifted the external appearance of the tower and how the improvements inside people’s homes will make a big difference to their day-to-day lives,” said Cllr Paget-Brown.
“As well as this investment, in a relatively short space of time Grenfell Tower residents have benefited from a brand-new academy and leisure centre which represents our ongoing commitment to North Kensington.”
Robert Black, KCTMO’s chief executive, added: “We’re delighted to have worked in partnership with the Council to deliver this major regeneration of the tower.
"This has improved the homes overall and residents can now have the benefits of living in energy-efficient homes, all in a vastly improved environment.
"I am especially pleased with the nine new homes, which cost £878,000 to deliver, and add much-needed family homes for the Royal Borough. The whole project was done within budget too.”
The tower is based near the new Kensington Aldridge Academy and Kensington Leisure Centre.