On Monday 26th June cladding samples were taken from Chaucer and Balaam Houses and sent for testing with the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) approved organisation, the Building Research Establishment (BRE). The removal of the samples was overseen by representatives from Sutton Council, Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) and the London Fire Brigade (LFB).
On Monday night we were informed of the results which revealed that the cladding on Chaucer House had failed the test. This is in common with all of the blocks that have been tested to date across the UK. Results are categorised between 1 (being the best) and 3 (being the worst). The cladding at Chaucer House was placed in Category 2.