Hundreds of residents have been evacuated from a Bristol tower block after building surveys revealed structural issues.

Bristol City Council’s inspections of three flats in Barton House found that in the event of a fire, explosion or large impact, the building’s structure is at risk.

The 98-flat block was subject to surveys due to its age and method of construction – consequently, as a precautionary measure and to allow for further, more in-depth surveys, residents are being asked to leave it immediately.

Council officers are contacting all tenants within Barton House to advise that they stay with friends and relatives for a short period of time whilst further survey work and analysis is undertaken.

For those who cannot stay with friends and family, a temporary rest centre has been put in place for people to shelter whilst alternative arrangements are made. The temporary rest centre will be based at the Tawfiq Masjid & Centre where beds, food and drink will be made available. Further rest centres are in the process of being established. Further details will be shared with tenants imminently.

The council says the length of the temporary arrangement is dependent on a further survey of the building, which is being arranged to happen as soon as possible.

Councillor Carla Denyer, Co-leader of the Green Party, said: “A high-rise block of Bristol City Council flats in Lawrence Hill has been found to have a major structural fault, all residents are being asked to evacuate. Please don’t visit, allow space for the professionals to do their jobs.”