Tower Blocks - neglect and renewal

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Introduction


The tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London has highlighted a neglected area where high rise tower blocks and public housing have been transferred to Tenant Management Organisations. We wait to see the results of any Public Inquiry but recently installed cladding appears to have been a primary factor in the spread of the fire between floors.

Over 180 blocks in England are currently known to have cladding material that has failed fire testing. In addition to Local Authority and Housing Association stock, the cladding material has also been used on student accommodation and hospitals.

The following pictures are a record of some of these towers taken over the last 10 years.
AuthorityNameImageDate of PhotoComment
BarnetTemplemead PointTQ2486 : An Apollo space launch? by Robin Webster2011during installation of cladding
BrentElizabeth HouseTQ1885 : Elizabeth House, Wembley High Road by Andrew Wilson2013-
CalderdaleJumples CourtSE0627 : Mixenden Road, Halifax by Malc McDonald2016-
CalderdaleMixenden CourtSE0627 : Mixenden Road, Halifax by Malc McDonald2016-
CalderdaleWheatley CourtSE0627 : Mixenden Road, Halifax by Malc McDonald2016-
CamdenBrayTQ2784 : Bray Tower by Oxyman2007during installation of cladding
CamdenBurnhamTQ2784 : Burnham Tower by Oxyman2007before installation of cladding
CamdenDurneyTQ2784 : Dorney Tower by Oxyman2007during installation of cladding
DoncasterSilverwood HouseSE5702 : Silverwood House flats, Doncaster by Ian S2014-
IslingtonBraithwaite HouseTQ3282 : Braithwaite House, Bunhill Row by Stephen Richards2012-
LeedsConcept PlaceSE2834 : Concept Place, Leeds by Stephen Craven2016Student accommodation
LeedsPark PlazaSE2933 : Park Plaza hotel, Leeds by Stephen Craven2017Hotel
LeedsSky PlazaSE3034 : Plaza, Claypit Lane, Leeds by Stephen Richards2011Student accommodation
LiverpoolMarwood TowerSJ3592 : Marwood Tower by Eirian Evans2016-
ManchesterAbbey CourtSJ8996 : Abbey Court by Peter McDermott2015-
ManchesterBickerdike CourtSJ8795 : Bickerdike Court by David Dixon2011-
ManchesterCundiff CourtSJ8894 : Public allotments, Levenshulme by Geoff Royle2010-
NewhamFerrier PointTQ4081 : Ferrier Point, Canning Town by David Anstiss2012refurbished 2015
NewportGreenwoodST3389 : Greenwood Flats, St Julians, Newport by Jaggery2009-
NewportHillviewST2987 : Block of flats undergoing recladding, Gaer Rd, Newport by John Lord2014during installation of cladding
NewportMilton CourtST3588 : Milton Court, Ringland, Newport by Jaggery2016-
NottinghamGlobal PointSK5739 : Student flats, from Bromley House Library by Peter Barr2014Student accommodation
OxfordEvenlode TowerSP5502 : Evenlode Tower in Blackbird Leys by Steve Daniels2009-
OxfordWindrush TowerSP5502 : Windrush Tower in Blackbird Leys by Steve Daniels2016-
PlymouthTavy HouseSX4554 : Housing in Devonport by Derek Harper2010-
PlymouthLynher HouseSX4554 : Lynher House by Derek Harper2010-
PlymouthTamar HouseSX4554 : Tamar House by N Chadwick2016-
PortsmouthHoratia HouseSZ6399 : Horatia House, Portsmouth by Jaggery2013-
PortsmouthLeamington HouseSZ6499 : Leamington House, Earlsdon Street, Portsmouth by Peter Facey2007-
SalfordSpruce CourtSJ8198 : Spruce Court by Gerald England2017-
SalfordThorn CourtSJ8198 : Thorn Court by Gerald England2017-
SheffieldHanover HouseSK3486 : Hanover Tower by Martin Speck2011during installation of cladding
TraffordClifton CourtSJ8396 : Clifford Court by Peter McDermott2017-
TraffordGrafton CourtSJ8396 : Clifford Court by Peter McDermott2017-
TraffordPickford CourtSJ8396 : Clifford Court by Peter McDermott2017-
WandsworthSudbury HouseTQ2574 : Sudbury House, Wandsworth by Derek Harper2008-
WolverhamptonHeart & Lung CentreSJ9300 : New Cross Hospital - the Heart & Lung centre by Richard Law2010Hospital
WolverhamptonVictoria Hall(part)SO9199 : Victoria Hall in Wolverhampton by Roger  Kidd2010Student accommodation

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