Published on Friday, June 23, 2017

Premier Inn 'extremely concerned' about cladding at three hotels

Premier Inn has admitted it is 'extremely concerned' about fire trap cladding on three of its newest hotels following the Grenfell Tower fire.

It told BBC Newsnight an urgent review found its hotels in Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham did not appear to comply with government guidance for tall buildings and it was 'seeking to address this with the developers'.

But it said the type of cladding used did appear to be less flammable than that used at Grenfell Tower, a tower block in north Kensington where at least 79 people were killed in a fire last week.

The budget hotel chain said although it was concerened about the cladding, an independent expert had assured them it was safe for all three hotels to remain open for business.

It said the hotels are fitted with 'robust' fire safety measures, including fire detectors and smoke alarms in every room.

Unlike Grenfell Tower, where tenants were advised to stay in their apartments in case of a fire, guests at the Premier Inn hotels have multiple means of escape.

The concerns come as safety tests showed 11 high-rise tower blocks in eight local authority areas have been found to be covered in combustible cladding.

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