A photo of Barton House

Opinion

Analysis: The national high-rise saga behind Barton House’s emergency evacuation

Housing journalist Peter Apps, who has written for years about Grenfell, explains how even the sudden collapse of a similar high rise block in London 50 years failed to spark enough action to make other towers safe.

Exclusive: Council denies structural issues identified four years ago are root cause of tower block evacuation

Barton Hill tower block residents’ lives turned upside down by emergency evacuation

A rectangular tower block covered with scaffolding for fire safety works.

Features

A year on from fires, delays to safety works are leaving tower block tenants shivering

While the dangerous cladding on some of Bristol’s high-rise blocks has been removed, it’s yet to be replaced – meaning residents face a winter without insulated homes.

Reports

‘Waking watch’ fire patrols stood down at two Bristol tower blocks as flammable cladding removed

Building safety in Bristol

Flammable polystyrene cladding used on Bristol towers: was the writing on the wall?

Bristol council was warned of polystyrene cladding dangers long before tower block blaze, so why didn’t it act sooner?

The Cable quizzes Bristol City Council's housing chief on the ‘urgent’ rollout of new high-rise fire safety measures, how much it’s all going to cost, and why the authority didn’t act faster.

Bristol tower block fire fuelled by flammable cladding that’s fitted to many of the city’s high rises

Polystyrene insulation contributed to the spread of a blaze at Eccleston House. The council has committed to removing the material from its high rises – but it could take a decade.

An arson attack. A pig’s head dumped outside. Eccleston House residents are traumatised, and their concerns have been met with silence.

The Cable investigates how flammable cladding fuelled a fire at the tower block, the impact it’s had on the community, and why the council’s communication is making matters worse.

Twinnell House residents still waiting for answers on smoke spreading and sprinklers following tower block fire

Council chiefs failed to show up to a residents meeting to answer questions on why no sprinklers have been installed in the high rise

Bristol high rises to be inspected for fire safety after Twinnell House tragedy

New government regulations require the council to inspect fire safety at all the tower blocks it owns.

Residents question why fire alarms didn’t sound after deadly tower block blaze

A man fell to his death trying to escape the flames and eight people were rushed to hospital after a fire broke out at Twinnell House in Easton.