Building safety: the 11 developers who have not signed Gove’s contract

Gove: “I have been clear all along – those that are responsible for this crisis must pay” (Image: Alan5766 via

Eleven developers have failed to meet the deadline to sign a building safety contract pledging to fix fire safety issues.

In parliament this week, housing secretary Michael Gove named and shamed the companies that have not joined the agreement aimed at addressing cladding issues following the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Although 39 developers have already signed the contract, which will commit them to fix unsafe buildings they developed or refurbished, 11 had failed to do so by the six-week deadline provided by the government.

“To those developers that have failed to sign the contract without good reason, let me be very clear – we are coming after you,” said Gove in the House of Commons. “If you do not sign, you will not be able to operate freely in the housing market. Your investors will see that your business model is broken – only responsible developers are welcome here.”

The companies that have yet to sign the contract are: Abbey Developments, Avant, Ballymore, Dandara, Emerson Group (Jones Homes), Galliard Homes, Inland Homes, Lendlease, London Square, Rydon Homes and Telford Homes.

Making those responsible pay

The government wrote to housebuilders and mixed-use developers on 30 January, asking them to sign a new developer remediation contract by 13 March.

Under this legally binding document, companies will commit £2bn or more for repairs to buildings they developed or refurbished over the past 30 years. In addition to the Building Safety Levy, this means they will pay an estimated £5bn to make their buildings safe.

It also requires them to reimburse the taxpayer where government funds have already paid for remediation, with that money being used to make other buildings safe faster.

Signatories are required to fix all life-critical fire-safety defects in all buildings in England over 11 metres they had a role in developing or refurbishing.

“I have been clear all along – those that are responsible for this crisis must pay,” Gove said.

“So, I am grateful to those developers who have done the right thing today by signing this legally binding contract. We will be monitoring their progress on remediation very closely, to ensure this work is completed urgently and safely.

“For those developers that have taken responsibility, today offers the chance for a reset, so we can get on and build more of the safe, decent and affordable homes we so desperately need.”

Developers who have yet to sign the contract
1. Abbey Developments
2. Avant
3. Ballymore
4. Dandara
5. Emerson Group (Jones Homes)
6. Galliard Homes
7. Inland Homes
8. Lendlease
9. London Square
10. Rydon Homes
11. Telford Homes
Developers who have signed the contract
1. Allison Homes Group Limited
2. Barratt Developments PLC
3. Bellway PLC
4. The Berkeley Group Holdings PLC
5. Bewley Group Limited
6. Bloor Investments Limited
7. The British Land Company PLC
8. Cala Group (Holdings) Limited
9. Canary Wharf Group PLC
10. C.G. Fry and Son Limited
11. Churchill Retirement PLC
12. Crest Nicholson Holdings PLC
13. Croudace Homes Group Limited
14. Fairview Holdings Limited
15. Frasers Property (UK) Ltd
16. MJ Gleeson PLC
17. Grosvenor Group Limited
18. Hill Holdings Limited
19. Hopkins Home Group Limited
20. Jelson Holdings Limited
21. Keepmoat Limited
22. Land Securities Group PLC
23. Lifestory Holdings Limited (also covers Anthology Group)
24. McCarthy & Stone Limited
25. Miller Homes Limited
26. Morgan Sindall Group PLC (parent company for Lovell and Muse)
27. Morris Homes Group Limited
28. Persimmon Public Limited Company
29. Redrow PLC
30. Rowland Group Limited
31. Sorbon Group Limited (parent company for Shanly Homes)
32. St Modwen Group Holdings Company Limited
33. Story Homes Limited
34. Strata Homes Group Limited
35. Taylor Wimpey PLC
36. Tilia Homes Limited
37. Vistry Group PLC
38. Weston Group PLC
39. William Davis Homes
Developers who signed the pledge but were subsequently found not to have developed buildings which are within its scope:
1. Davidsons
2. MacTaggart & Mickel
3. Robertson
4. Wain Homes
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