Only a quarter of buildings with dangerous cladding remediated

Just 25% of residential buildings with unsafe cladding in England have completed remediation works, latest government figures show.

As of the end of May, there were 4,374 residential buildings 11m and over in height identified to have unsafe cladding. That is an increase of 38 buildings from the previous month.

Overall, 47% of buildings (2,066) have either started or completed remediation works. Of these, 25% (1,088) have completed them.

Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) data shows that the total number of buildings reported to have started or completed remediation works has more than doubled since the end of May 2023, when reporting began.

ACM cladding

The statistics also reveal no change since April in the figures relating to high-rises (those of 18m and over) with aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding systems.

There are 11 buildings yet to start ACM remediation (2% of all buildings). One of them is vacant, seven are occupied and have scheduled start dates, one doesn’t have a start planned and enforcement action is being taken by a local authority, one has plans in place, and the remaining building came into scope last month.

Of the 498 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings with ACM cladding systems, 487 (98%) have either started or completed remediation works. Of these, 436 (88%) have completed ACM remediation, including those awaiting Building Control sign-off, an increase of one since the end of April.

The Phase 1 report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry found that ACM cladding panels had been the “primary cause” of the rapid spread of the fire in the Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. A total of 72 people were killed and the high-rise destroyed in what was one of the worst disasters in post-war Britain

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