Chelmsford couple fearing flat 'could go up in flames' after damning report

Chelmsford couple fearing flat ‘could go up in flames’ after damning report

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

The couple’s one bedroom flat is part of the apartment block on Lynmouth Avenue, Chelmsford “We’re going to bed at night knowing it could go up in flames.” Zoe Bartley and her partner are scared for their lives. The couple, who live in Lynmouth Court in Chelmsford, Essex, had […]Click here to view original web…

Councils start action against owners of 30 buildings still wrapped in ACM cladding

Councils start action against owners of 30 buildings still wrapped in ACM cladding

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

Government promises further measures if work is not carried out Local authorities are taking or have taken enforcement action against the owners of at least 30 buildings with ACM cladding, the government has revealed. The action is being taken against those companies which do not have a plan for […] Click here to view original…

Full evacuation of fire-hit student housing block saved many lives, report finds

Full evacuation of fire-hit student housing block saved many lives, report finds

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

Around 130 firefighters battled the blaze at The Cube building in Bolton, Greater Manchester, on Friday November 15 last year after a fire was accidentally started by a discarded cigarette. The 217 residents, students at the University of Bolton, were all accounted for after flames spread rapidly across the […] Click here to view original…

Three years on and residents of Sheffield tower block fitted with the wrong cladding are STILL waiting for a report

Three years on and residents of Sheffield tower block fitted with the wrong cladding are STILL waiting for a report

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

Hanover Tower, on Exeter Drive, Broomhall, failed fire safety tests introduced in the wake of the Grenfell disaster in 2017. The council launched an independent investigation into why failed cladding was put on the block and gave numerous dates for when it would be released to residents, none of […] Click here to view original…

‘I’m trapped and can't sell my property’: cladding chaos pushes flat owners to the brink

‘I’m trapped and can’t sell my property’: cladding chaos pushes flat owners to the brink

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

Homeowners have been driven to the brink of insolvency by rules on building cladding which have left them unable to sell their properties. A wave of new regulations were introduced in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy , when 72 people lost their lives in a fire at […] Click here to view original…

Grenfell cladding rules have left thousands of flats ‘worthless’

Grenfell cladding rules have left thousands of flats ‘worthless’

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

An industry expert has called for a Scotland-specific solution to fend off a crisis in the housing market and a potentially devastating blow to the economy The properties of tens of thousands of flat-owners are next to worthless because of revised guidance on cladding published in the aftermath of […] Click here to view original…

Apartment owners win legal victory over combustible cladding

Apartment owners win legal victory over combustible cladding

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

Biowood cladding on Ryde building. A group of apartment owners battling to have combustible cladding replaced on their buildings have won a landmark legal victory – giving hope to the thousands more facing similar dangers. In an Australian first, a major building company which installed timber-PVC Biowood cladding on […] Click here to view original…

Camden council relaunches search for firm to repair Chalcots Estate

Camden council relaunches search for firm to repair Chalcots Estate

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

Wates had been lined up for the job Camden council has relaunched a contract for recladding and fire safety refurbishment works on the Chalcots Estate after failing to agree contract terms with Wates earlier this year. The contractor had been working on the north London estate (pictured) since January […] Click here to view original…

Evacuation of Bolton Student housing block after fire broke out saved many lives

Evacuation of Bolton Student housing block after fire broke out saved many lives

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

Credit: Many lives were saved after the full evacuation of the Cube in Bolton when a fire broke out in November, 2019. Many lives were saved by the full and immediate evacuation of a seven-storey student building in Bolton after a major fire broke out, a report has concluded. […] Click here to view original…

An end to the cladding nightmare must come from the highest levels – before the property market crumbles

An end to the cladding nightmare must come from the highest levels – before the property market crumbles

By News Feed | 8 August 2020

The abbreviation “EWS1” either means nothing to you or fills you with baffled and blinding rage. Building fire safety rules set up after the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 have created chaos for homeowners and buyers who have been left with worthless properties. The problem is a shameful […] Click here to view original…