Manchester tower block residents ineligible for £1bn recladding fund

Residents of a Manchester tower block facing bills of thousands of pounds to fix dangerous cladding have been dealt “a massive blow” after finding out they are ineligible to apply for the government’s new £1bn building safety fund. The fund, which was officially launched on Tuesday , excludes remediation […] Click here to view original…

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In the March 2020 budget, the government announced that it will provide £1 billion in 2020 to 2021 to support the remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding system on residential buildings 18 metres and over in both the private and social housing sectors. The government is now asking potential applicants […] Click here to view original…

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Remediation of unsafe cladding to continue despite COVID-19

Although the issue has been partially obscured from public view by the coronavirus crisis, the UK government has said that work to replace flammable cladding on residential buildings of 18m or taller remains a priority. Helen Andrews, a construction law partner at European law firm Fieldfisher , takes a […] Click here to view original…

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Hundreds of flats with Grenfell Tower-style cladding need 24-hour fire patrol

Tens of thousands of people are living in high-rise blocks with Grenfell Tower-style flammable cladding that need 24-hour fire patrols, it has been revealed. An inquiry into the 2017 inferno in West London found that aluminium composite cladding was the main reason the blaze, which killed 72 people, spread […] Click here to view original…

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Sprinklers to be compulsory in high rise flats over 11m

Building regulations in Approved Document B will be updated in May to cut the height for sprinklers to 11m The move goes further than first floated by Government, which initially suggested changing the 30m height rule to 18m. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the plan along with further reforms […] Click here to view original…

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