high-rise residential buildings

Government action plan to speed up removal of dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings

Secretary of State for Communities, Rt. Hon James Brokenshire MP has announced further plans to support councils as they work with owners of high-rise residentials blocks to remove unsafe cladding.
combustible materials

Brokenshire publishes consultation on banning combustible materials

The ban on combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings which are 18 metres takes a step forwards as Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, publishes a consultation
Grenfell Tower

Grenfell Tower lit green to mark one-year anniversary

A year after the Grenfell Tower fire, a series of vigils are being held in memory of the 72 people who died and a dozen buildings including the tower have been illuminated green
Grenfell Tower

Grenfell Tower: Expert lists catalogue of serious safety breaches

The Grenfell Tower inquiry has been told that a litany of safety breaches including a faulty firefighting lift, more than 100 non-compliant fire doors and a “stay put” policy that failed, all added to a “culture of non-compliance”
Hackitt Report

UK BIM Alliance welcomes the Hackitt Report

The UKBIM Alliance has welcomed the final report by Dame Judith Hackitt, ‘Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’, published last week
fire safety

Testing times for UK construction: A look at service testing and fire safety

Ryan Simmonds, Sales Director for Framing at voestalpine Metsec plc, calls on the construction industry to evolve and become a standard bearer in terms of full service testing and fire safety.

£400 million cladding removal delays affordable housing delivery

The government has said it will pay local councils to remove cladding from high-rise buildings, by deducting the amount from its nationwide affordable housing programme Some of the homes caught up in the delay are intended for social rent. Following the recent Hackett review, which failed to recommend a ban on...

Welsh government to invest £3m to replace cladding on tower blocks post Grenfell

The Welsh Government has announced that it will spend up to £3 million to replace cladding on three tower blocks in Newport
Hackitt review

Safety council reveals concerns over Hackitt review

The British Safety Council has revealed it is concerned about some of the recommendations in the Hackitt review of building regulations, including self-certification for compliance
high-rise buildings

MPs seek advice to improve the safety of high-rise buildings following post-Grenfell report

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will ask construction industry experts for  advice on the changes that should be made to building regulations to improve the safety of high-rise buildings.
high-rise buildings

Government to launch consultation on banning cladding on high-rise buildings

The government has welcomed Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, and has made a series of commitments to ensure people living in high-rise buildings are safe

Hackitt Review calls for “radical rethink” of regulations – but no ban on cladding

The independent review of building regulations and fire safety set up by the government in the wake the Grenfell Tower disaster has called for a "radical rethink" of the system - but has rejected calls to ban flammable cladding
unsafe cladding

Government to fund removal of unsafe cladding in social housing

The government will fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations, estimated at £400m, it was announced yesterday (16 May 2018)
fire safety

Government fire safety proposals ‘could encourage desktop assessments’

Government proposals to limit the use of desktop assessments to test the fire performance of external cladding systems could actually increase their use and potentially lead to dangerous materials being installed on buildings.

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