Combustible Cladding Remediation in the Spotlight as Applications for Government Funding Support Come to a Close

CLADDING REMEDIATION SPECIALIST, HSRoofClad is working with clients across the country to assist with submissions of the Government’s recently released EWS1 form, part of a scheme that entitles specific high-rise building owners access to remediation funding.

Hundreds of high-rise buildings across the country have been identified as having combustible cladding installed, similar to that found on the Grenfell building.

Identified earlier in the year during the most recent report on London’s Grenfell Tower disaster, hundreds of residential high-rise buildings are thought to have Grenfell-style ACM cladding. This high-risk material was commonly used during installation due to its lower price point.

Leaseholders and building owners are calling out for assistance to identify and replace this type of cladding, as failure to take steps towards remediation will severely affect mortgage and resale enquiries.

Investigations into combustible cladding

Following the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, residential high-rise owners across the United Kingdom have been under rigorous investigation to ensure the safety and compliance of their buildings to meet government standards. Building owners have been required to demonstrate cladding compliance and identification of potential fire risks that may be caused by non-compliant systems.

Whilst the investigations have been heavily weighted towards residential properties, the risk identified by independent reviews conducted have been extended to all buildings over 18 metres tall with external cladding fitted.

Councillors from all political parties have backed calls on government to commit to removing all forms of combustible cladding across hundreds of buildings across the country.

Phil Medford, Roofing Director at HSRoofClad explained: “HSRoofClad has been working closely with building owners, developers and managing parties since the disaster at Grenfell Tower. It is evident that the issue of external cladding, insulation and fire stopping system safety requires significant improvement, throughout the UK’s residential and commercial properties.

“HSRoofClad has tailored its service offering in this area of business to ensure that we are in a position to offer our clients expert advice and practical assistance. Starting from consultancy, right through to design and project completion when remedial works are required.

“During my time in the industry, this represents the most significant shake-up in cladding history. An entire reform for the process is needed, to protect all parties.”

Remediation of combustible cladding

In recent months, HSRoofClad has partnered with carefully selected chartered surveyors and fire safety consultants to undertake External Wall Fire Reviews, commonly known as EWS1. These complementary partnerships have been used to identify whether the external structures of high-risk buildings meet fire and building regulations in line with government guidelines.

The fund’s stringent rules for applying, including a small application window and restrictions against social housing organisations, risks leaving many unable to access critical funding. For this reason, HSRoofClad is providing industry-leading advice and assistance with the completion and submission of the required ESW1 forms.

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