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Following the Grenfell tragedy, the Government has established a building safety plan with the aim of ensuring that residents of high-rise (over 18 metres) residential buildings are safe from the risk of fire. To date, 457 high-rise buildings have been identified as unsafe owing to having aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding systems in place, which are unlikely to meet current Building Regulations guidance.
Of these 457 buildings, 159 are social sector residential buildings, 289 are private sector buildings including residential, hotels and student accommodation and 9 are publicly-owned buildings including schools and hospitals.
Whilst the remediation of all social sector and publicly-owned buildings with unsafe ACM cladding has either been planned, completed or is in progress, the latest government figures show that remediation plans are still unclear for 102 of the identified buildings within the private sector. Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has praised private sector landlords and developers who have engaged with the Government and are meeting the costs of remediation, but has warned those who haven’t that he has “ruled nothing out”.
Remediation of buildings with unsafe ACM cladding systems is a complex process and involves addressing not only the exterior cladding system but also broader fire safety systems for each building. For many buildings this involves significant construction work that requires planning, consultation and careful execution. Putting the right team in place including contractors, consultants and advisers is key to developing and executing a plan to achieve compliant remediation.
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