More than a third of social sector residential buildings with dangerous cladding have yet to complete the remediation process.
According to latest figures from the government, 160 high-rise social sector residential buildings had been identified with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations.
As of the end of September:
- Remediation has been completed on 101 social sector residential buildings buildings;
- 37 per cent have yet to have remediation completed;
- 51have had the cladding removed; and
- 25 have had works completed but are awaiting building control sign off.
Overall, 152 (95 per cent) of social sector residential buildings have had their ACM systems removed. Eight buildings still have cladding. The remediation process has started on all 160 buildings in the sector.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, the government established a Building Safety Programme to ensure that residents of high-rise residential buildings were safe from the risk of fire. In October 2018, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) announced funding to remediate high-rise social sector residential buildings with ACM cladding unlikely to meet Building Regulations.
In May 2019, funding for the remediation of high-rise private sector residential buildings with ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations was announced, and eligible private sector building owners were able to submit applications for funding.
The proportion of social sector residential buildings with ACM cladding removed is higher than the overall percentage for all buildings identified with the cladding.
According to the data, there were 475 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings identified with the cladding systems at the end of the last month. Remediation has been completed on 277, leaving more than half of buildings (198) yet to have remediation completed. Of these 50 are awaiting sign off of completed works, and 70 have had cladding removed, leaving 78 buildings, 16 per cent, still with cladding. There are also 30 buildings where remediation work has not started.
The government placed a ban on combustible materials on new high-rise homes, implemented through the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (laid on 29 November 2018), which came into in December 2018. In January last year, the government launched a consultation on proposed amendments to the ban.