27 buildings in the UK fail fire safety tests

Buildings in Manchester, Portsmouth, Plymouth & Camden failed fire safety testing

27 buildings in the UK fail fire safety tests

Residents leave the Taplow tower block on the Chalcots Estate in Camden, London | Image: PA images

Some 27 high-rise residential blocks in the UK have failed fire safety tests because of the cladding used on them.

The UK Government said the towers are in 15 council areas.

The Department for Communities and Local Government’s announcement comes during a national safety operation to identify buildings with the same cladding that was used on Grenfell Tower. 

Some of the areas where buildings failed tests include: Portsmouth, Brent, Camden, Manchester, Plymouth and Hounslow. 

Yesterday, Downing Street said that around 600 buildings in England had similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower in London. 

Test results 

Test results are being sent to local landlords and fire services and councils will decide on what course of action is needed.

It comes as the manufacturer of the insulation used to clad Grenfell Tower said they would stop using the product on high-rise buildings.

Celotex, which makes the RS5000 insulation boards in the tower's rainscreen cladding, insisted no building over 18m tall would be fitted with the material.

At least 79 people are feared to have died after the west London tower block was engulfed by a huge fire ten days ago.