The City of Busselton has opened tenders for its administration building’s external cladding replacement in an effort to avoid the same fate as London’s Grenfell Tower. The City put the call out after investigations into the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people, found the responsible material for the fire was the same one used on the City’s head office. While at the time of construction the City was compliant and held a Codemark certificate of conformity, the aluminium composite panel material compliance was revoked in 2019. Since then, City officers have been working with external consultants to conduct risk assessments and look at treatment options, which determined partial replacement of the cladding was necessary. City of Busselton acting chief executive Naomi Searle said the replacement was the only viable option to ensure safety. “Managing risk at the City is a high priority and the safety of our customers and staff is of the highest importance,” she said. With tenders open until September 23, at the time of print the City stood to foot the replacement bill, with no State or Federal government funding available to assist with associated costs. According to a spokesperson, the City is seeking advice regarding compensation for the cost, which will come from its Civic and Administration Building reserve.