Cladding remediation finished on only 15% of high-rise buildings
Work to replace dangerous aluminium composite (ACM) cladding has been completed on just 15% of high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings 18 months on from the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 72 people died.
The latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) Building Safety Programme for the period up to 31 December 2018 showed that there are 437 high-rise residential buildings and publicly owned buildings in England over 18m in height that were identified as having ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet current Building Regulations Guidance.
Of those, a total of 67 – around 15% – have now finished remediation, leaving a total of 370 buildings still unlikely to meet Building Regulations guidance.
Of the 160 social sector buildings, 37 have finished remediation – an increase of three since the end of November. A further 81 have started remediation and 40 have a remediation plan in place but work has not started. Building owners intend to remediate and are developing plans for a further two buildings.
Of the 268 private sector buildings (residential, hotels and student accommodation), 30 have finished remediation – one more than by the end of November 2018. Another 18 have started remediation and 126 have a remediation plan in place but works have not started. Building owners intend to remediate and are developing plans for 38 buildings and remediation plans are unclear for 56 buildings (down from 200 in June 2018).
Last month, the government announced that it would adopt all of the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her review of Building Regulations and fire safety following the Grenfell Tower disaster.
It has also launched a full review of fire safety guidance within Building Regulations and issued a call for evidence that will gather expert advice on the “full range” of fire safety issues before any potential revisions.