Revealed: 30,000 buildings around the UK are wrapped in ‘killer cladding’ including 87 more tower blocks

The cladding wrapped around the doomed Grenfell Tower was the cheapest and most flammable of the options available to a building firm in charge of installing it.

Worcester-based Omnis Exteriors manufactured the composite used to give the block of flats a facelift in the 2015 refurbishment.

It was sold to installers Harley Facades who opted for Reynobond PE cladding as opposed to Reynobond FR (fire resistant), which is just £2 extra per square metre.

Tens of thousands of buildings around the UK are wrapped in the same type cladding, it has emerged, including 87 tower blocks.

An action group predicted the Grenfell Tower fire was an accident waiting to happen four years ago but claim their warnings fell on deaf ears (pictured: the tower before the blaze)

These pictures showing Grenfell Tower before and after the cladding refurbishment 

Six tower blocks in Westminster (left), were given the rainproof cladding when it was refurbished in 2015 in a contract worth £3.5million, as was the 13-storey Merit House (shown right) in Barnet, north London
By mid morning, the plastic cladding could be seen charred and melted on the tower in west London

Omnis director, John Cowley, told The Guardian: ‘We supplied components for a system created by the design and build team on that project.’

The manufacturers worked within a complex chain of businesses and individuals headed by Rydon Construction who managed the £10million building project.

Mr Cowley’s company describes itself as ‘a leading provider of premium, architecturally inspired exterior solutions’ that produces cladding that is ‘Mindful of the exacting standards’ and ‘cost effective’.

Calls have been made to tear down any building wrapped in the controversial material as Theresa May announced a full public inquiry into the tragedy which is feared to have claimed the lives of dozens.

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