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Unsafe doors in Haringey council homes will be replaced

Unsafe doors in Haringey council homes will be replaced

Fire doors that failed safety tests carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster will be replaced at a housing estate owned by the council.

Doors made by Manse Masterdors were found at The Sandlings estate in Wood Green during checks carried out last year by the council’s housing arm, Homes for Haringey.

These doors, which were installed in Grenfell Tower at the time of the tragic blaze in 2017, were found to resist fire for only half of the 30-minute minimum required by building regulations guidance.

They will now be replaced with solid timber doors that passed fire safety tests carried out by the Government, the results of which were announced in July this year.

According to the council, The Sandlings is the only block owned by the council that is fitted with Manse Masterdors.

Other types of door are currently under review.

Extra fire safety work due to take place at The Sandlings – which includes replacing the doors – will cost the council an extra £616,000.

Some of the extra cost could eventually be recovered from the manufacturers of the unsafe doors or additional Government funding for fire safety measures.

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday (September 10), Chris Liffen, executive director for property services at Homes for Haringey, said the solid timber doors would be ordered immediately and delivered by the end of October.

He added the last Manse Masterdors would likely be replaced in December.

The safety measures were unanimously approved by cabinet members.

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