Details of ACM cladding on Poplar HARCA tower blocks revealed

As a result of our news story of earlier today Poplar HARCA have supplied more details of the external panels on William Cotton and Anne Matthews Courts that need to be removed due to fire safety concerns.

The yellow panels are part of the facade of William Cotton and Anne Matthews Courts that surround the balconies as shown in the photographs below.

The yellow cladding around the balcony is the Aluminium Composite Material that has to be removed.


Close-up of Aluminium Composite Material cladding.

William Cotton and Anne Matthews Courts – Poplar HARCA statment

The panels in question form only a small part of the façade of William Cotton and Anne Matthews Courts ( one building, two residential towers, three commercial floors). The building was completed in 2012.  They are mainly yellow in colour and form a decorative surround to the balconies. The main elevations of the block are brickwork, insulated render and a different cladding system ( Rockpanel Rockclad).

We identified them as ACM [Aluminium Composite Material] last week and sent them to the BRE [Building Research Establishment that is currently carrying out all fire tests on suspect cladding materials]  for testing. The BRE confirmed that they were Class 3, the least fire resistant of the ACM panels. We therefore advised DCLG and the local fire service as per guidance issued. The London Fire Brigade have since visited the building and carried out a thorough inspection. We are acting on their recommendations.

Residents have been visited and told of the situation. We are currently waiting further technical guidance before we decide what action is necessary. There is no need for immediate removal as the ACM panels form only a small part of the external envelope.


Red external cladding on ground floor offices.


The red panels around the commercial space on the ground floor are also ACM but do not impact the residential areas to the same degree. The glazed curtain walling is not affected.


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