Cladding has been removed from a Hounslow tower block over fire safety fears in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Around six weeks after the fire on June 14, Hounslow Borough Council announced cladding at Clements Court had failed the Building Research Establishment combustion test and would be removed "as soon as possible".

The outer shell cladding is made up of two thin aluminium sheets with polyethylene filler in between them, the council said in July.

"However, the insulation material behind this outer cladding is a ‘rockwool’ material which is a non-combustible product, unlike the case of the Grenfell Tower, where the insulation was a combustible type," it added.

On Friday (November 17), Hounslow Council said major fire safety improvement works at 12-storey Clements Court were complete.

This includes the removal of the cladding and the building being completely re-clad with solid aluminium panels.

Firebreaks have been upgraded, mineral wood insulation reinstalled and new fire doors fitted throughout the block.

Clements Court in Hounslow

All residents of the block were invited to attend an event organised by contractor d+b facades on Friday to mark the work's completion.

In attendance were Councillor Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council; Fiona Twycross, chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, and Peter Hillyard from the contractor.

Cllr Curran said; “The council is committed to improving council housing in the borough and to tackling fire safety issues.

“The significant improvements at Clements Court were made possible so promptly, due to the co-operation of residents and hard work of council staff and contractors. Together we have achieved a great deal in a short time.”

Fire safety improvements have been completed at Clements Court in Hounslow. L-R: Simon Enticknap, Project Manager, Business Development, d&b facades, Peter Hillyard, Managing Director, d&b facades, Fiona Twycross, Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Cllr Steve Curran, Leader, Hounslow Council

Ms Twycross said: “In light of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, it is essential that all local authorities and housing providers take action to ensure their buildings are safe for residents.

“I welcome the programme of fire safety improvement works undertaken by Hounslow Council at Clements Court.”

The Grenfell Tower blaze killed 71 people on June 14 and Met Police is considering individual and corporate manslaughter charges .

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