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No Grenfell-style cladding

SHETLAND Islands Council has clarified that no school building in the isles is fitted with cladding similar to the material used in the Grenfell tower block in London.

Regional newspaper the Press & Journal reported over the weekend that more than 40 schools north of the border were fitted with aluminium composite cladding (ACM), including one in Shetland.

The type of cladding has been identified as a catalyst for the horrific fire in the 24-storey Grenfell tower block, which claimed at least 80 lives.

However, a spokesman for the SIC said on Monday morning that the information stating that one local school was affected was incorrect.

There was one school building which was thought to have ACM insulation, but on further inspection it was confirmed that it was a fire resistant ‘concrete sandwich’ material.

“Our building services staff have this morning (Monday) clarified that there are no school buildings in Shetland that contain any aluminium composite material (ACM) insulation material,” the spokesman said.

“The information sent previously to the Scottish Government was sent in error.”

Following the tragic Grenfell fire on 14 June, Shetland News asked the council if the same cladding had been used in any of its public buildings and the response received was “no”.

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