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Grenfell Tower Tragedy – Urgent Safety Review – Self-catering Properties

Created: July 28, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London the Scottish Government is seeking information regarding the presence of Aluminum Composite Cladding (ACM) in buildings in Scotland, including new builds or refurbished properties.

ACM is a type of flat panel that consists of two thin aluminium sheets bonded to a non-aluminium core, typically between 3 and 7mm thick.  The panels can have a painted or metallic finish (e.g. copper or zinc effects).  The scope of the government review into the safety of buildings featuring cladding has now been widened to include hotels and hospitality accommodation and we have been asked to contact all our members to ask the following:

Request 1

  • By 5pm on Wednesday 2 August, please confirm whether ACM has been used in cladding systems used on accommodation over 18 metres or 4 or more storeys in height. If any ACM has been used in such buildings please complete the template below.

Request 2

  • By 5pm on Wednesday 16 August 2017, confirm whether ACM has been used in cladding systems used on any accommodation (i.e. of any height). If any ACM has been used in such buildings please also complete the attached template.

The form to be used is replicated below, however, if any member requires the form as a word document please simply email

ANNEX A – Scottish Government 

If ACM is found in cladding systems used on tourism sector accommodation, please complete and return the following template in line with the deadlines above.  One template should be completed for each building identified to have ACM in its cladding system and returned to:

Building name and location
When was the application for the relevant building warrant submitted?
Does the accommodation have a sprinkler system?
Is the accommodation physically distanced from other buildings?  If so by how much?
Approximately what percentage of the total external wall area of the building is clad?
What is the specific product type and class of ACM?
Does the product used have a technical approval, e.g. British Board of Agreement?
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