One in four dangerous cladding buildings remediated

A quarter of all the cladding remediation projects in England have been completed, seven years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Of the 4,374 buildings identified in England with dangerous cladding by the end of May 2024, 1,088 have been remediated to completion, according to government statistics published yesterday.

Buildings in the remediation programme are at least 11 metres in height.

A total of 978 projects have started, meaning that remediation of 2,308 buildings – around 53 per cent of the total – have not yet begun, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced in its latest monthly update.

Grenfell Tower itself was fitted with aluminium composite material cladding (ACM), which has been prioritised in the remediation programme. Of the 498 buildings in England that have ACM on them, 436 have been remediated fully.

But work on 11 buildings with ACM has still not begun, according to the statistics. Of those, one is empty, seven have start dates, and one came into scope for remediation in May.

Last year tier one firm Willmott Dixon sued five subcontractors and consultants to recoup £46.7m of remediation costs after the contractor agreed to carry out remediation work at a mixed-use project in London.

In 2022, contractor Mulalley was forced to pay £8m for cladding defects on five blocks, to a housing association based in Hampshire.

Last year, Newham Council won a case against local building owner Chaplair after it missed a deadline to remove unsafe cladding on a nine-storey housing block in East London. Chaplair was forced to pay £60,000 to the council.

Last year, Construction News investigated the slow pace at which cladding remediation is taking place.

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