Grenfell Tower management company spent £10m on refurbishments

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The refurbishments created nine new homes (Source: Getty)

The management company responsible for the maintenance of Grenfell Tower spent £10m on refurbishing the building last year.

Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey block of 120 homes, went up in flames last night in a blaze that has killed at least six people, according to the Metropolitan Police.

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Accounts filed at Companies House show that the company running the tower, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), invested £10m on improvements.

The project was delayed due to two subcontractors falling into liquidation, but it was finished within the KCTMO's budget.

The works included the installation of insulated exterior cladding, a communal heating system, and double glazed windows. Nine new homes were added from "unused spaces" in the building.

"All of this will greatly enhance the energy efficiency of the building," the company said in its strategic report.

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The Adair Tower fire

In its report for the year ended 31 March, KCTMO provided details of a fire that took place in Adair Tower, a 14-storey block of 78 flats.

The fire was due to an arson attack, and some residents suffered injuries from the fire smoke, but were released from hospital on the day of the fire.

Following the fire, the London Fire Brigade issues an enforcement notice on KCTMO, requiring the management company to improve the safety in the tower's fire escape staircases. The management company also had to install self-closing devices on the front doors of the tower's flats.

Hazelwood Tower

The London Fire Brigade also made an enforcement notice requiring the same works to be carried out on Hazelwood Tower, which is next to Adair Tower, because the two blocks have the same design.

Trellick Tower

The management company also oversees Trellick Tower, a Grade 2 listed brutalist block in north Kensington. It is planning a £1.7m refurbishment of the tower, in addition to a £10.8m investment into "external works", which was delayed in 2015.

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Trellick Tower is one of London's most well-known brutalist monuments (Source: Getty)

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