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Safety checks for AFL’s Alexandra Tower as cladding 'shatters'

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AFL’s Alexandra Tower in Liverpool is to be assessed for safety after a 100 kilo glass window pane fell 21m from the building

A Liverpool City Council spokesman confirmed that the site was ‘made safe’ after glass fell from the 88m-high, 27-storey building on the city’s waterfront. No-one was injured following the incident on Monday afternoon (8 March) which, according to local reports, sent shards across a 10m area and led to a road closure.

The council have now issued a Section 77 ‘dangerous building’ notice and have instructed Thompson and Moulton, the building’s management agents, to ‘have every single panel on the building assessed.’

An authority spokesman told local press: ‘Our building control team have removed the broken panel and have asked the management company to survey the rest of them as a matter of urgency and report back to us on their findings.’

The cause of the accident remains unknown, although some members of the public have blamed the weather - suggesting that a dramatic change in temperature may have led to the glass shattering.

AFL declined to comment.

Backed by developers Millenium Estates, the £25 million residential tower completed in 2008.

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