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Architectural cladding

Architectural cladding video aims to improve fire safety

Vivalda, one of the UK’s largest distributors and fabricators of architectural cladding systems has produced a short film urging architects, specifiers and contractors to think more carefully about whole-system specification
cladding systems, high-rise buildings, remediation work,

Cladding remediation plans still unclear for 129 high-rise buildings

Only 39 of the 457 high-rise buildings around England with similar cladding systems to Grenfell Tower have been made safe, according to records compiled by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)
Hackitt Review

Opinion: The case for “Hackitt Plus”

The Hackitt Review represents an important moment for the construction industry – but do we need to be more critical in how we respond to it and perhaps go further than even Dame Judith suggests? Paul Wilkins of the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) makes his case
safety of infrastructure

ICE urged to play bigger role to improve safety of infrastructure

A new report has called on the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to play a bigger role in empowering engineers to improve the safety of infrastructure

Hackitt calls on construction industry to ditch “value engineering”

"Value engineering" should be driven out of the construction industry as part of the root-and-branch reform of the sector following the Grenfell disaster, Dame Judith Hackitt has said
refurbishment sector

Government measures to improve fire safety bring security into the refurbishment sector for the...

New suggested standards for front doors to flats released in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy for the first time bring security compliance into the refurbishment sector
housing measures

Government announces new housing measures to improve UK housing market

The government has announced new measures to support homebuyers, the building of more homes, to increase building safety and to create a commonwealth games legacy.
cladding ban

Combustible cladding ban should apply to all high-rise buildings, says IOSH

A ban on combustible cladding in the UK should apply to all new high-rise buildings, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Carillion used combustible cladding on Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Inspections have revealed that Carillion used non-complaint cladding on the Royal Liverpool University Hospital that it was building at the time it went into liquidation
unsafe cladding

Brokenshire tells firms they must remove unsafe cladding or face action

Landlords across the UK have been urged by the Government to remove unsafe cladding from their buildings or face enforcement action
insulation

Flammable insulation discovered at Burton Road development fire

Investigations by Epping Forest District Council and Essex Fire and Rescue Service into a fire at the Burton Road development in Debden has revealed that the insulation used was flammable  
Hackitt Review

Opinion: Why we must get behind the Hackitt Review’s call for change

Paul Everall, chief exec of LABC gives his response to claims made by Paul Wilkins of the ACAI that the Hackitt Review was wrong to call for approved inspectors to be excluded from inspecting high-rise residential blocks
fire safety

Fire safety in construction: Setting the agenda

Ryan Simmonds, Sales Director for Framing at voestalpine Metsec plc, explores the importance of only specifying framing materials that have been fire tested or assessed and the options available to the industry.
Approved inspectors

The Hackitt Review: Where it went wrong on approved inspectors

The Hackitt Review made a number of recommendations that will improve safety throughout the lifetime of a building. However, argues Paul Wilkins, it got it wrong on the role of private approved inspectors

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