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ACM remediation still not started on half of private sector high-rises

14 August 2020

Remediation work to replace aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding still hasn’t started on nearly half of private-sector high-rise residential buildings with systems identified as unlikely to pass Building Regulations.

That’s according to the latest figures from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Building Safety Programme.

Source: Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Remediation work to remove and replace ACM systems has either completed or started on 71% of all identified high-rise blocks in England (a total of 323 buildings) but that was an increase of just 10 since the end of June.

And there is a stark difference between the public and private sectors. In the social sector, 94% (145) of residential buildings have either completed or started remediation, with just over 50% having completed works.

Source: Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

In private sector residential, only 51% (107) of private sector buildings have either completed or started remediation.

That means that a total of 243 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings still carry ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations in England, of which 108 have started remediation.

Source: Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the government has insisted that remediation of unsafe cladding remains a priority. However, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government said that 81 sites paused work on remediation as at 31 July, with 81% of those since resuming work.