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682 Polyethylene core cladding panels used on residential high rise building

A reporter is writing as a precautionary measure following the Grenfell Tower Fire to say that a similar type of rainscreen panel, ie a polyethylene core with metal skin, was used at a residential tower block which they visited in 2011. It is believed that this block is privately owned so would not necessarily be picked up in a review of buildings owned by local authorities and housing associations.

664 Steel canopy collapse during building completion works

During the construction of a major new school facility, a 57 metre single span structural steel truss failed, resulting in the catastrophic collapse of a steel framed canopy supported by the truss. At the time of failure five workers were on the top of the canopy, some 15 m above ground level. All received significant injuries but survived. The immediate cause of the failure was associated with the fracture of a number of sub-size fillet welds joining paired load bearing tie bars at nodal points.

Current matters
under consideration


  • Quality of construction
  • Fire in buildings
  • Quality of supervision on site
  • Use of Resident Engineers
  • Robustness
  • Weather damage to buildings

Reports on these subjects are sought, as well as on any other concerns.

Recent Publications

April 2018              CROSS-UK Newsletter No. 50

February 2018       SCOSS-UK Alert - Fire in Multi-Storey Car Parks


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