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Contractor sets up cladding remediation service

14 January 2021
Steve Underwood, Colmore Tang

Birmingham-based Colmore Tang Construction has launched a cladding remediation service to handle the replacement of dangerous, non-compliant cladding on buildings.

It is thought that there are around 2,000 residential buildings that are still enveloped in high-risk combustible cladding. The government has launched a £1bn Building Safety Fund to fund the removal of unsafe systems, with an aim to have all remedial work in England completed by the end of 2021.

Colmore Tang said its service would run from initial fire assessment and design, to project management, tax advice and delivery. It also claimed it could advise building owners on how to access this fund, as well as offering a building insurance solution to clients, having worked with insurers to create a latent defects warranty.

The firm has also launched a dedicated EWS1 support hub for occupants of unsafe buildings. The hub intends to educate residents and leaseholders on the purpose of the EWS1 form; why unsafe cladding might prevent the sale of their properties; and how to encourage freeholders to find an appropriate solution.

Steve Underwood, chief operating officer at Colmore Tang Construction, said: “Lots of specialist contractors don’t operate at the scale required to fulfil many of these projects, leaving clients struggling to engage with consultants when looking for a solution. That’s why we’re doing what we know best – tall, high-density residential buildings. We’re bringing together the moving parts to create a single cohesive product. Furthermore, we provide a fully auditable digital record of the whole process ensuring that the ‘golden thread’ – as described in Dame Judith Hackett’s Grenfell recommendations – is delivered along with a comprehensively-insured end product.”

“To date, we have delivered over 3,500 apartments from both new and existing buildings. This re-engineering expertise has given us the knowledge and supply chain to remediate unsafe cladding on behalf of third-party owners and agents. We’re working with a small cross section of our supply chain to keep the process simple and accountable. These suppliers not only have the right experience, they also hold the relevant qualifications and accreditations to deliver a compliant scheme in line with the new legislation that will be brought in by the Fire Safety Bill next year.”

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