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Brighton stadium faces checks amid fears ‘Grenfell Tower cladding’ was used

Date Posted,June 25, 2017

Premier League new boys Brighton have moved to allay fears over the cladding used on their Amex Stadium.

Precautionary checks are being carried out on club’s stadium and nearby training ground in Lancing, Sussex after it emerged the cladding is made by the same company, Reynobond, who produced materials used on Grenfell Tower.

There are different versions of the cladding with a plastic or fire-retardant mineral core which is intended to guarantee a higher resistance to fire.

The Reynobond aluminium composite material (ACM) is understood to be in the construction of Brighton’s stadium, which opened six years ago in July 2011.

The huge fire at Grenfell Tower left hundreds of people homeless and many dead (Photo: AFP)
The 24-storey building in west London was devastated by a fire earlier this month (Photo: PA)

But just two months before they host their first Premier League game against Manchester City on August 12, Brighton insist they are satisfied that their 30,750-capacity home is “entirely safe”.

Brighton director Martin Perry is confident the materials are of the “highest standard” as the club approve precautionary checks.

Speaking to The Argus , he said: “We are fully satisfied that the American Express Community Stadium is entirely safe and that the materials and building practices used during the construction of the stadium, and our training ground, are of the highest standards.

“In common with many hundreds of thousands of buildings across the country, part of our stadium does have a cladding system.

Brighton are confident their 30,750-capacity stadium is “entirely safe” (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Glenn Murray celebrates scoring
The Premier League new boys open their campaign at home to Manchester City on August 12 (Photo: PA)

“It was inspected regularly while it was being constructed by both building control inspectors from the local authority and by our building contractor.

“Both signed it off as being installed entirely correctly and conforming fully to fire safety regulations.

“However, following the terrible events at Grenfell Tower, we are now taking the added precaution of working with our contractor and suppliers to re-check all of the materials used during construction, both at the Amex and at our training ground.

“This work involves checking paperwork dating back eight years in the case of the stadium, and four years for the training ground, and will be completed as quickly as possible.”

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