Unsafe Cladding: Just 14 Private Buildings Made Safe in 12 Months

JUST 14 PRIVATE buildings with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding have been made safe in England over the past 12 months according to information released by UK Government.

The latest update from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for February revealed there are now known to be 313 residential and publicly-owned buildings with ACM cladding unlikely to meet building regulations, up from 310 in January.

Remediation works on one building have been completed in the past month, with the status yet to be confirmed on 18 properties, down from 20.

In March 2019 there were 10 private sector buildings with work completed, which has risen to 24. MPs have launched an inquiry into the pace of remediation with the Chancellor setting aside further funds in this week’s budget.

Work yet to start

Of the buildings unlikely to meet regulations, 181 are private, up from 175 in January. 39 have started work up from 32, 100 have plans but have not commenced work, 40 have an intention to develop a plan and 2 have unclear plans.

In the social sector, there are 85 down from 86, with 75 having started work, 9 with plans but work yet to begin and one with unclear plans.

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the government established a Building Safety Programme to ensure that residents of high-rise residential buildings are safe, and feel safe from the risk of fire, now and in the future.

An independent Expert Panel was appointed to advise the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on building safety measures.

The government’s independent Expert Panel advised that the clearest way of ensuring an external wall system adequately resists external fire spread is for all the relevant elements of the wall to be of limited combustibility, or to use an external wall system which can be shown to have passed a large-scale system test as specified in British Standard BS8414.

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