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Cladding remediation plans still unclear on over 120 private blocks

21 September 2018 | By Neil Gerrard

There are over 120 private high-rise residential buildings with unsafe cladding where plans for remediation to make them safe are still unclear, according to new government figures.

The latest update from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) Building Safety Programme, set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster last year, showed that as of 14 September, there were 124 private buildings where remediation plans were not clear.

The total number of residential buildings and publicly owned buildings with dangerous aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding systems reached 468 during the month, two higher than the number identified in August.

Of those, 159 are social-sector residential buildings, 295 are private-sector buildings (of which 205 are private residential, 28 are hotels and 62 are student accommodation). There are also 14 publicly owned buildings including hospitals and schools on the list.

There are now 30 private-sector residential buildings where the cladding status is still to be confirmed, down from around 170 in June and 60 in August.

Meanwhile 22 of the 159 social-sector buildings have finished remediation and 99 have started. The remaining 38 have plans in place for remediation.

But in the private sector, only 10 buildings have finished remediation and only 26 have started. There are plans in place for 67 where work hasn’t started, and 68 where there is an intention to remediate but plans are being developed.

While the number of private buildings where plans for remediation is unclear has fallen from 200 in August, it still stands at 124.

Comments

No one seems to want to answer the Question " how was all this dangerous cladding ACM tested, marketed, specified, installed, inspected and certified and handed over to the client on hundreds of buildings" to now be replaced at enormous cost to "someone"

If it is a "cover up job from the top down" this should be exposed now as it will surely happen again in the next crisis of this nature.

John Anthony, 27 September 2018

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