High-rise buildings in Leeds city centre fail fire safety cladding checks

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Five high-rise buildings in Leeds city centre have failed fire safety checks carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, it was revealed today.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) said the buildings had failed what it described as “cladding combustibility” tests.

Three of the sites are the Park Plaza hotel on Boar Lane and the Concept Place and Sky Plaza student accommodation blocks, on Park Lane and Clay Pit Lane respectively.

The other two are Waterside Apartments, on Gotts Road, near Whitehall Road, and Waterloo Court Apartments, at the junction of Hunslet Road and Waterloo Street.

All of the premises are at least six storeys high.

Brigade chiefs have recommended a range of interim safety measures, such as smoke detector checks and the provision of a 24/7 fire watch, while further tests are conducted.

WYFRS senior fire protection manager Chris Kemp said: “We are working as hard as possible with landlords and managing agents to enhance fire safety within the buildings but it’s important that residents also do their bit to be vigilant to prevent any outbreak of fire and make sure they know the evacuation procedures in place for their building.”

Park Plaza owner PPHE Hotel Group said the interim measures suggested for its building had been put in place.

A spokeswoman told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The safety and security of our guests and team members remains our priority at all times.”

WYFRS has been alerted to cladding test failures at four other buildings in West Yorkshire.

They are the Mixenden Court, Wheatley Court and Jumples Court flats in Mixenden, Halifax, and Landmark House on Broadway in Bradford city centre, which comprises apartments, shops and commercial units.