Over 300 ‘unsafe’ high-rise cladding systems still in place

But latest stats show an increase in finished cladding removal works.

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Well over 300 high-rise residential and public buildings still have ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet new safety standards.

The latest building safety summary from MHCLG shows 73 high-rise residential and public buildings in England have finished cladding removal works at the end of January – up six on the previous month.

This comprises:

  • 40 social sector residential buildings
  • 33 private sector buildings, of which seven are private residential and 26 student accommodation

The stats show that this leaves 361 high-rise residential and public buildings, with ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations remain in place.

  • 119 are social sector residential buildings, managed by local authorities or housing associations
  • 233 are private sector buildings, of which 167 are private residential, 36 are student accommodation, and 30 are hotels

Nine are publicly-owned buildings, comprising health buildings and a school.

Of the 119 social sector buildings where ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet Buildings Regulations remain in place:

  • 79 have started remediation
  • 39 have a remediation plan in place but remediation has not started

Of the 233 private sector buildings (residential, hotels, and student accommodation) where ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet Buildings Regulations remain in place:

  • 19 have started remediation
  • 127 have a remediation plan in place but remediation works have not started on these buildings

50 buildings have remediation plans said to “remain unclear”, and there are 13 private sector buildings where the cladding status is still to be confirmed.

Of the 159 social sector residential buildings identified with ACM cladding, as at the end of last month, 40 buildings (25%) have finished remediation – including receiving sign-off from building control where necessary.

This leaves 119 buildings where ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations remain in place.

The number of finishes has increased by three since the end of December data release.

A further 79 buildings (50%) have started the process of remediation – a decrease of two since last month, reflecting new remediation completions.

There are plans in place/plans being developed for the remaining 40 social sector residential buildings.

Funding for the remediation of 145 of these 159 buildings is provided from the government’s social sector ACM cladding removal fund – launched on 17th May 2018 to help remediate social sector residential buildings.

Remedial works for the remaining 14 buildings are being funded through a combination of existing funds and litigation action.

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