london fireTHE government has reassured the public that the cladding used on some Gibraltar buildings is ‘completely different’ from that on the fire-ravaged Grenfell Tower.

It comes after several residents claimed the same cladding used on the London tower block has been used on multiple buildings in Gibraltar during recent refurbishments.

In a press release, the government stated it is ‘confident that the refurbishment and the cladding of buildings have been undertaken to the highest of standards’.

It added that Grenfell Towers’ panels include wooden frames, whereas the Gibraltar system uses metal.

According to the government’s contractors GJBS, the external surfaces of the buildings are classified as Class 0 or ‘low risk’, and that plans and specifications were approved by the Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service, which undertook routine operational training for high-rise incidents just two weeks ago.

Following this week’s horrific events, Housing Minister Samantha Sacramento requested a complete fire safety review of the Government’s high rise buildings.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “The public can rest assured that the refurbishment works on the estates have been reviewed already in the light of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.”