Premier Inn has said it is “extremely concerned” about cladding on three of its hotels in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, including one 124 roomed hotel which was opened by Prime Minister Theresa may in 2015. Speaking at the official ribbon cutting, Mrs May said: ‘I am very pleased to open this new hotel, which will bring more jobs and investment to Maidenhead and further support the rejuvenation of the town centre.
‘It is good to welcome Premier Inn to Maidenhead – this is a clear vote of confidence in the future of the town.’
The hotel group believes that the three hotels, in Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham, “do not appear” to meet required safety standards.
A flammable material in the cladding used on Grenfell Tower is thought to have been a contributing factor to the swift spread of the fire, in which at least 79 people died.
According to reports there are up to 600 high rise blocks covered in cladding in England currently undergoing tests to see if the panels contain the same flammable substance that Grenfell did.
Councils have been told to move all residents if buildings are deemed unsafe by the fire brigade. The paper adds that this could lead to the first mass evacuation since the Second World War, with hotel rooms and other accommodation being sourced.
Premier Inn said developers on the three hotels in question had used aluminium composite external cladding that didn’t appear to comply with government rules for tall buildings. It added that the cladding appeared to be a less flammable product than the one used at Grenfell Tower.
A spokesperson for Premier Inn, which operates more than 760 hotels, said it had been assured by an independent fire expert that all the hotels are safe to operate and have robust fire safety measures and evacuation procedures in place, including fire detectors and alarms in every bedroom and fire-resisting bedroom doors.
He also confirmed the cladding on the hotels is not the same as that used on Grenfell Tower, adding: “The safety and security of our guests and team members is our number one priority. Our hotels have multiple means of escape, and our well trained teams evacuate a hotel at the first sign of fire.”