NHS heroes stuck in cladding ‘bureaucratic nightmare’, Mayor tells MPs

The Grenfell Tower block in west London in October 2019. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA. Hundreds of Hackney leaseholders are living with “considerable stress and anxiety” as they battle building owners, mortgage lenders and the government over the removal of potentially dangerous cladding. This was the message from Hackney’s mayor in […] Click here to view original…

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Insurance hikes of as much as 800 per cent hit architects hard

Architects have called for a radical overhaul of the market for professional indemnity insurance (PII) as they grapple with soaring costs, increased paperwork and tighter restrictions on building specifications The AJ has spoken to a number of practices which have faced difficulties renewing this cover, which protects them against […] 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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Galliard stops ACM recladding at New Capital Quay

Firm says sticking to social distancing protocols on job was not possible Galliard Homes has suspended work to replace ACM cladding at its New Capital Quay development in Greenwich because of coronavirus. The government has labelled the replacement of Grenfell Tower-style cladding as a critical project and last week […] Click here to view original…

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Government unveils biggest shakeup to building safety in a generation

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced ambitious steps to further reform the building safety system with the biggest changes in a generation to ensure residents are safe in their homes. New measures announced include mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks of flats […] Click here to view original…

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Advice for leaseholders stuck in blocks with unsafe cladding

With thousands of flat-owners across the country affected, people have woken up to the risks of unsafe cladding – Mary-Anne Bowring, MD of Ringley offers advice to leaseholders stuck in blocks with untested cladding Thousands of flat-owners have been affected by the risks of unsafe cladding . New fire […] Click here to view original…

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