February 7, 2019
Thousands of people are living in fear after it was revealed that dangerous Grenfell Tower-style cladding has only been removed from 15% of high-rise buildings identified by the government of the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the disaster, official figures show. Only 67 of 437 buildings in England above 18 meters have been stripped of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding, data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government reveals. ACM is similar to the material blamed for the rapid spread of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which ripped through the building and claimed 72 lives. It means 370 high-rises across the country are “unlikely” to meet current building regulations, the government’s most recent update on progress said. Of those, 238 are private buildings, including residential and student accommodation, and hotels. To read more, click here.