These are all the buildings that have failed fire safety tests since the Grenfell Tower disaster

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The remains of Grenfell Tower 12 days after the fire.
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Public bodies are scrambling to test hundreds of public buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The blaze, which killed at least 80 people last month, sparked concerns that hundreds more buildings were at risk of burning down in a similar fashion.

It is now believed that aluminium-based cladding material used on the 24-storey west London high-rise helped the fire spread from inside one apartment to devastate the entire building.

At least three large categories are so far being investigated by various branches of government: Residential buildings like Grenfell Tower, NHS properties, and school buildings.

This is all of the information available so far about buildings that have failed fire safety tests. We will update this post every time new figures are announced or specific buildings are identified.


Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

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Part of the Stephenson Wing at Sheffield Children’s Hospital failed the test.
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In a statement on July 4, the hospital said that the top two floors of the hospital’s Stephenson Wing – which do not house patients – had failed the test.

Officials said they will remove the cladding, and said that the hospital “remains a safe place to visit” in the meantime.


Office building, King’s College hospital.

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King’s College Hospital, London. It is not clear which office building was affected.
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On July 4, a central NHS body announced that a building on the estate of King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill, south London, had failed a safety check.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said the building was an office building which does not house patients. It has already been stripped of its cladding.

The spokeswoman declined to identify the building in photographs.


North Middlesex Hospital.

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The main building at North Middlesex Hospital, which failed tests.
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A statement on July 4 confirmed that “cladding on the main building which includes the main outpatient, day surgery, link corridors, and office facilities failed the fire resistance test.”

Hospital officials said they would start to address the problem in “the coming weeks.”


Buildings from five more English NHS trusts are awaiting fire safety test results.

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A stock image of an NHS building.
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Only three NHS trusts (detailed above) have definitively failed fire safety tests so far. But the vast majority have yet even to be tested.

Some 38 of England’s 240 NHS Trusts were deemed especially at risk. This is because they have buildings taller than two storeys with cladding, and which house patients.

Of these, 19 were ultimately deemed not to be at risk after all, while 11 have been tested and cleared. Five are still awaiting test results.

The remaining 202 are not being tested at all.


Chalcots Estate towers, Camden, north London.

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Towers that form part of the Chalcots public housing estate in Camden, North London
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Most public buildings to fail safety tests have not been publicly identified – but Camden Council in North London revealed that four of the five towers on its Chalcots Estate are hazardous.

Residents were evacuated at short notice when it became clear the buildings were at risk. Officials moved more than 150 households to temporary accommodation while they carry out work to fix the situation.


An unknown number of schools.

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A stock image of Aylesbury Vale Academy in Buckinghamshire. There is no suggestion this particular school failed any tests, as none have yet been started.
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The Department for Education said it too will carry out a comprehensive review of all school buildings. However, as of July 4, they had not started.

A spokeswoman for the department told Business Insider that they were still in the process of contacting schools to check whether buildings might be at risk and require priority testing.


As many as 15 unspecified “government buildings.”

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A stock image of a building housing Department for Transport workers in London. There is nothing to suggest this particular building failed any fire tests.
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A report in The Guardian two weeks after the Grenfell fire identified a new category of building which needs testing.

Alongside the probe into residential buildings, hospital and schools, it reported that “15 government buildings have also been identified as being in need of inspection.”


As many as 190 other tower blocks.

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Workers remove a cladding sample from a tower block in Salford, Greater Manchester, to be tested.
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The main run of fire safety checks is being carried out on high-rise buildings across the country, whether they are local authority properties or privately-owned.

So far 190 buildings have been tested, and all 190 have failed.

At least 40 of them are in London, but there are large numbers in other areas as well, including 20 in Manchester, 29 in nearby Salford, and five in Sunderland.

Here is a full list:

Barnet

3

Brent

7

Cambridge

2

Camden

5

Doncaster

1

Ealing

1

Hammersmith & Fulham

4

Haringey

1

Hounslow

1

Islington

1

Lambeth

3

Lewisham

3

Liverpool

1

Manchester

20

Newcastle

2

Newham

3

Norwich

1

Oxford

2

Plymouth

3

Portsmouth

2

Salford

29

Sefton

2

Sheffield

1

Slough

1

Southampton

1

Southwark

2

Stockton on Tees

3

Sunderland

5

Sutton

1

Tower Hamlets

2

Trafford

5

Waltham Forest

1

Wandsworth

2

18 other unnamed areas

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