Experts worry hundreds of tower blocks across UK are at risk of collapse

In the wake of the Grenfell disaster, the spotlight has been on many other tower blocks that house over 41,000 flats across the UK. These towers were all built using the Large Panel System (LPS) method during the 1960s and 1970s, which we now know have a huge structural flaw that puts them at risk of collapse and, in many cases, has left cracks in some flats wide enough to allow residents to slide their hands in between the walls.

Experts have told The Independent that these dangerous structural defects have been identified at LPS blocks in Leicester, Rugby, Portsmouth and two estates in London over the past year – with defects and safety hazards, including the risk of a building collapse, likely to be even more widespread.

This LPS technique involves factory-made concrete panels stacked on top of each other, then held together with bolted joints. This method was highly popular with councils back in the 1960s and used as a way of getting high-density housing up as quickly as possible. Though concerns about the flimsiness of this method have been mounting for decades, dating back to the disaster at Ronan Point in east London in 1968 where a gas cooker explosion at a flat inside the LPS block led to the collapse of the entire south-east corner of the building. Four people were tragically killed, and 17 others injured.

Labour MP John Healey, the shadow housing minister, also demanded action. He said: “After Grenfell, the safety of these high-rise blocks is a national crisis, so it must be the job of national government to get the work needed done.”

“Government ministers must now ensure that all large panel system blocks are investigated to see that they meet the safety standards that residents expect, and any test results are published so that residents have full information about the safety of their homes.”

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