Only 149 of the 456 high-rise buildings over 18 metres which have unsafe ACM cladding have been fully remediated, according to a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO).
Funding has been approved to complete fire safety works in Pendleton, including replacing the ACM cladding system on tower blocks with a compliant alternative.
The housing, communities and local government committee has urged Government to ensure all buildings of any height with ACM cladding are fully remediated.
The CIOB, the RICS and the RIBA have welcomed Government measures which ensures more high-rise blocks will be fitted with sprinkler systems and safety signs.
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is recommending the government extends the ban on the use of combustible materials to a wider range of buildings, including care homes, halls of residence and schools.
The government has launched its £1bn Building Safety Fund to remove dangerous cladding from high-rise buildings.
When it comes to fire risk, we mustn’t confuse regulatory compliance with property resilience, says Tom Roche, senior consultant for international codes and standards at FM Global.
Although the issue has been partially obscured from public view by the coronavirus crisis, the UK government has said that work to replace flammable cladding on residential buildings of 18m or taller remains a priority. Helen Andrews, a construction law partner at Fieldfisher, takes a look.
Mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks of flats over 11 metres tall are among the new measures to further reform the building safety system.
Ian Fryer, divisional product innovation director at RMD Kwikform, discusses the need to urgently address debris protection and the edge protection systems.
Ian King, chief operating officer at Zeroignition, takes a look at how fire safety in the construction industry is being propelled to the top of the agenda.
Today (11 March) marks the arrival of Budget 2020, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak vows to take further steps to decarbonise the economy and get Britain building.
The HCLG committee has launched an inquiry to review the government’s progress in removing potentially dangerous cladding from high-risk buildings, and the adequacy of funding by Government.
New evidence has revealed the scale of the cladding crisis could impact up to 500,000 people, as a coalition of property managers urges the government to increase funding to remediate all unsafe buildings.