Grenfell Tower survivors to be rehoused at luxury complex

The flats in the Kensington area are described as the "first tranche of permanent new homes" for survivors

Grenfell Tower survivors to be rehoused at luxury complex

General view of flats in the Kensington Row development, in Kensington, west London, where some residents affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster are to be re-housed. Picture by: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

The British government has announced that some families left homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire will be rehoused in a luxury apartment complex in London.

68 flats in a newly built social housing complex have been secured. The complex is located in the upmarket Kensington area.

"The expectation is that these new properties will be offered as one of the options to permanently rehouse residents from Grenfell Tower," officials said in a statement.

Private homes in the complex start at £1.5m (€1.7m), BBC reports.

The development also includes a private cinema and a 24-hour concierge service, according to Sky News.

Extra staff are being brought in to complete the work on the new complex, while working hour restrictions have also been relaxed.

Additional funds are being provided to furnish the flats.

The complex is located around 2.4 km from the tower block, which was destroyed in the deadly blaze last week.

Announcing the move, the UK's communities secretary Sajid Javid explained: "The residents of Grenfell Tower have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable and it is our duty to support them.

"Our priority is to get everyone who has lost their home permanently rehoused locally as soon as possible, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives. The government will continue to do everything we can as fast as we can to support those affected by this terrible tragedy."

The British government has committed to finding housing for all the people who lost their homes in the fire.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last week called for the residents of Grenfell Tower to be rehoused in empty luxury flats.

79 people are presumed dead after last week's fire, with scores of others left homeless.

Prime Minister Theresa May has faced heavy criticism for her government's initial response to the tragedy.

Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, she again apologised to residents.

She said: "Let me be absolutely clear: the support on the ground for families in the initial hours was not good enough.

"That was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most. As prime minister I apologise for that failure, and as prime minister I've taken responsibility for doing what we can to put things right."