Combustible cladding to be removed from Aylesbury flats

After over three years, combustible cladding on a block of flats in Aylesbury looks set to be removed. A planning application has gone in to replace the materials on the front of Friars House. The flats sit above Friars Square Shopping Centre and were one of the few buildings […] Click here to view original…

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Combustible cladding survey highlights ongoing issues in multi-occupancy buildings

THE HOUSING, Communities and Local Government Committee in Parliament has published the findings of a survey into the progress of remediation work designed to improve fire safety in residential buildings. The survey highlights significant ongoing fire safety issues in multi-occupancy buildings across the country, leaving residents facing bills of […] Click here to view original…

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Parliamentary report exposes widespread fire-safety failings three years on from Grenfell Tower inferno

Three years on from the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, around 2,000 high-rise residential or publicly owned buildings are still covered with dangerous cladding, says a cross-party parliamentary report. Titled “Cladding: Progress of Remediation,” the report by Parliament’s Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) committee exposes the deadly conditions still […] Click here to view original…

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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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Over 25% of FSO prosecutions involve domestic premises

In his final article reviewing cases prosecuted under the Fire Safety Order, Fire Safety Lawyer Warren Spencer has revealed that over a quarter of all prosecutions brought under the order since 2009 involve an element of domestic living, despite the Order not being intended to apply to domestic premises. The impact of the Grenfell Tower…

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Union slams deadly fire failings and cuts

Marking Firefighters Memorial Day last week (Pic: Mark Thomas and FBU) Firefighters have attacked the government and building owners as a parliamentary committee’s cladding survey highlighted widespread safety failings. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee last week published the findings of a survey into the progress of work […] Click here to view original…

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London high-rise undergoing cladding work hit by fire

Gaydon House in west London (picture: Reine Stevens) Sharelines The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said that 70 people were evacuated from Gaydon House – which is roughly two kilometres from Grenfell Tower – before firefighters arrived. One man had to be assisted from the 16th floor of the block […] Click here to view original…

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Dangerous combustible cladding still not replaced on 70% of buildings

Smoke billows out from the 24-storey Grenfell Tower DANGEROUS cladding has still not been replaced on the vast majority of at-risk blocks of flats, a damning survey by MPs found today. The housing, communities and local government committee (HCLG) quizzed 1,352 people living in such buildings as part of […] Click here to view original…

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