It has taken five years for the cladding used on Grenfell to get a blanket ban (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

The cladding used on Grenfell Tower has been banned nearly five years after it fuelled the deadly blaze.

Metal composite panels with an unmodified polyethylene core can no longer be used on all new buildings of any height in England.

On June 14, 2017, a small fire in a fourth-floor kitchen ignited the cladding on the outside of the building.

Flames rapidly spread up the facade turning the West London tower into an inferno which claimed the lives of 72 people.

Under the government’s new measures, residential buildings over 11m must have a secure information box for firefighters in the event of a blaze.

New developments over 18m will also need an evacuation alert system to help crews during an incident.

The ban on combustible materials has also been extended to include high-rise hospitals, hotels and boarding schools.

It is nearly five years since Grenfell Tower was engulfed in flames (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

A previous ban on Grenfell’s polyethylene-cored cladding only applied to buildings higher than 11m (36ft).

Data demonstrating its dangers was first received by the government in 2002.

Other types of cladding material will also be restricted on buildings between 11m and 18m to prevent them being constructed with combustible materials.

Housing Minister Lord Greenhalgh said: ‘These changes will support our tough new regulatory regime – ensuring fire safety measures are incorporated into new high-rise homes and all new residential buildings meet the same safety standards.

‘It does not end here, and I urge the industry act quickly to update their practises in line with these new rules.’

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