Re-cladding has dominated the building compliance agenda since 14 June 2017, the date of the Grenfell tragedy. Prior to this date, re-cladding projects had rarely featured in Landlords’ planned or capital works programmes or as a high demand service for main contractors.
After the tragedy, the UK government’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) established the Building Safety Programme which identified Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems as unsafe and ordered urgent remedial works: the removal of existing unsafe cladding and retrofitting of safe replacement cladding on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings of 18 metres and over. Since that date, they have also ordered the replacement of unsafe non-ACM cladding.
“Residents of high-rise buildings should be safe, and feel safe from the risk of fire, now and in the future” Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, July 2017