Building Cladding Issues – Two Petitions Raised

Many residents of Birmingham City Centre live in flats following more than two decades of encouraging revitalisation and occupation of the area. Many of the flat developments replaced derelict historical industrial buildings and brought new life to the city. But questions about fire security have arisen following the disaster […] Click here to view original…

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Birmingham high-rise flat owners face £500,000 insurance hike

Michelle Henry has lived at Brindley House since 2011 Flat owners at a tower block in Birmingham say they face a joint insurance bill of about £500,000 due to changes brought in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Last year, owners of the 182 flats in Brindley House […] Click here to view original…

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Residents in city's tallest tower block face massive bills over cladding

Brindley House in Newhall Street Birmingham Birmingham’s tallest residential tower block faces a staggering 775 per cent insurance increase. The massive hike at Brindley House – the biggest increase in Birmingham – has been spawned by cladding regulations that followed the Grenfell Tower blaze. The rapid spread of the […] Click here to view original…

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Birmingham high rise with fire safety issues faces 1,237% insurance premium hike

Fire chiefs express disappointment at tweak to safety rules on building height threshold Homelessness charity investigated over property deals and ‘luxury’ purchases Rent increases allowed during coronavirus outbreak, housing minister confirms Towards the zero-carbon home 24 April digital edition of Inside Housing out now Green building in the UK: […] Click here to view original…

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Our last blog post at the beginning of the month was titled “1 week in …”. We had hoped to do a weekly post but things have been happening so fast 4 weeks have got behind us already! Back on the 4th Sophie and Brian recorded a podcast over a few glasses of wine and…

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Cladding insurance may force out residents of tower blocks

Katie Illingworth and her husband, Jim, face having to spend their pension savings on cladding Residents at a Birmingham tower block with flammable cladding must each pay an insurance bill that has quadrupled to £191,000 by next week or move out. Across England, leaseholders in flats with combustible external […] Click here to view original…

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Birmingham leaseholders facing first cladding bill

LEASEHOLDERS IN the Islington Gates development in central Birmingham still have to pay between £7,000 and £19,000 cladding removal bills, despite many losing jobs in the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this month , over 140 leaseholders in Islington Gates were given bills of up to £100,000 to be paid in […] Click here to view original…

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Leaseholders face £19,000 cladding bills next month amid coronavirus crisis

Leaseholders living in a block in Birmingham, who are already facing financial hardship due to coronavirus, must pay up to £19,000 in just two weeks or risk being forced out of their homes. Islington Gates residents have been given bills of up to £19,000 (picture: Google Street View) Sharelines […] Click here to view original…

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