Work begins to cover Grenfell Tower almost four months after fire



Work has begun to cover the ruin of the Grenfell Tower nearly four months on from the deadly inferno.

Scaffolding has been put up alongside the west London tower block in preparation for a white sheet to be put in place to shield it from public view.

Investigators will also strip back remnants of the cladding, widely suspected of fuelling the inferno on June 14, for examination, authorities said.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) said the work was expected to be completed in the first few months of 2018.

Scaffolding has been put up alongside the west London tower block (AP)

Around 80 people died and hundreds were left homeless in the disaster, which triggered the launch of a public inquiry and an enormous criminal investigation.

Since the night of the blaze, the building’s blackened husk has been a troubling presence on the west London skyline.

Mental health professionals voiced concern that the sight of the tower was worsening symptoms of trauma for those living nearby.

Kensington and Chelsea council said the work was expected to be completed in the first few months of next year (AP)

Last month, Dr Alastair Bailey, the clinical psychological lead at the NHS Grenfell trauma service, said: “The fact that the tower is still there and is very high and visible from a number of different places, it can act as a trigger for a lot of people.

“So we know lots of people are avoiding the area, some people who are not avoiding the area are actively avoiding looking at the tower nearby.”

It is expected white protective wrapping will start appearing around the scaffolding from Saturday, a spokesman for RBKC said.

The building’s blackened husk has been a troubling presence on the west London skyline since the blaze (AP)

He added that the material should have encased the first five floors by the end of next week and then go up at the same pace as the scaffolding, around one week per floor.

The scaffold structure is already in place up to the 18th floor on the building’s east face and at the fifth floor on the other three sides.

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Grenfell Tower is earmarked for demolition towards the end of next year, but police are still picking through the remains in search of evidence.

Meanwhile, a hoist is being assembled on the east side of the roof, allowing material to be extracted from the upper floors.

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Recovery workers are also removing bags of the debris which rained down from the 24-storey structure and piled up at its base.

Lorries have been drafted in to help remove the loose wreckage, which will be taken to a secure depot and stored in metal containers, the Grenfell Response Team said.



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