Highland councillor gets reassurance on Lochaber cladding

Councillor Allan Henderson

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A Lochaber councillor is seeking to reassure residents cladding installed on public and private properties are safe following the high rise flats fire in London.

Following the Grenfell disaster and concerns of Highland residents, Caol and Mallaig councillor Allan Henderson asked council officials to check on the types of insulation and cladding the council has overseen and installed on local authority properties along with private owners.

Mr Henderson said he has been reassured by the local authority the materials used are safe.

Speaking to the Lochaber Times he said: ‘I am reassured by officers that the external cladding/insulation installed tended to be Rockwool insulation mechanically fixed to the walls, then covered in metal lath and cement rendered.

‘This, I am assured, will provide a non-combustible envelope. As an extra precaution, gas pipe risers should have been externally face fixed to prevent any leakage permeating behind the external cladding. If you have any doubts about this, contact your housing officer.’

Mr Henderson said he has been assured the council is in the process of double checking this as well as reviewing fire safety arrangements for flats.

The Caol councillor also asked about the cladding installed at Lochaber High School.

‘The system used at Lochaber High School incorporates a Trespa cladding panel on a metal carrier rail system with 100mm Kingspan KJ phenolic insulation board mechanically fixed to the existing structure,’ said Mr Henderson.

‘This insulation board has a class 0 fire precaution rating which is the highest rating in the classification index.

‘This system was also designed to the current high Scottish buildings standards which are more onerous the higher up a building they are installed on.

‘The cladding/insulation met all the relevant standards applicable at the time of refurbishment. My thanks to officers for diligently checking the details in our area.’