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Premier Inn "extremely concerned" about cladding on three of its hotels

Hotel chain reveals concerns following Grenfell Tower fire, in which at least 79 people died
23/06/2017

Pictured: Premier Inn's Maidenhead hotel is located in Theresa May's constituency

Premier Inn has said it is “extremely concerned” about cladding on three of its hotels following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The hotel chain said that the cladding on three of its properties do not appear to meet fire safety regulations – including one hotel in prime minister Theresa May’s constituency of Maidenhead.

The rapid spread of fire at the North Kensington tower block earlier this month, in which at least 79 people died, is believed to have been caused by the building’s cladding.

Premier Inn said the aluminium composite cladding on its Brentford, Tottenham and Maidenhead hotels appeared to be less flammable than that used at Grenfell Tower – and added that it would be taking up the issue with developers.

In a statement, the hotel chain told BBC's Newsnight: "We were extremely concerned to learn that they had used a cladding that does not appear to comply with recognised government guidance on compliance with the building regulations for use in high rise buildings and are seeking to address this with the developers."

The company added that an expert had assured them that the hotels are still safe to use thanks to the chain’s stringent safety measures, which include smoke alarms and fire detectors in every room.


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