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Grenfell Tower – Fire door manufacturers told to address failings

Suppliers of fire doors have been told to make changes after products from five brands failed safety tests following the Grenfell Tower fire.

An investigation was launched after it was found that a fire door from Grenfell Tower could only hold back fire for half the time it was meant to.

The Grenfell Tower door, manufactured by Manse Masterdor, failed a 30-minute fire resistance test after about 15 minutes.

Doors made by its successor company Masterdor Ltd, as well as those from Specialist Building Products Ltd, trading as Permadoor, Solar Windows Ltd, and Birtley Group Ltd, trading as Bowater by Birtley, have now failed government tests too.

The manufacturers cooperated fully with the government investigations, launched by the MHCLG after the Grenfell fire.

The ministry is now writing to all building control bodies to highlight the need for existing building regulations guidance on new fire door installations to be followed. Also, from now on no composite doors are to be sold or installed until fully tested from both sides.

 

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