A concerning report reveals that more than 2,000 mid- and high-rise buildings, standing at 11 meters and above, remain with unsafe cladding, lacking any remediation work. The latest data, released by the DLUHC, highlights the slow progress in addressing fire safety risks

2,231 mid- and high-rise residential buildings, measuring 11 meters and above, continue to pose a fire safety risk due to unsafe cladding, as reported by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities (DLUHC).

According to the latest figures available, as of December 31st, 2023, a total of 3,839 buildings were identified with unsafe cladding. Shockingly, only 797 (21%) of these structures have completed remediation works, leaving a substantial 2,231 properties (58%) with no remediation efforts initiated.

The DLUHC has been actively monitoring the remediation progress of these buildings since the close of December 2022. This includes structures covered by the Building Safety Fund, Cladding Safety Scheme, developer remediation contracts, and those reported by registered providers of social housing. Monthly reports, initiated since October 2023, consolidate data from these schemes.

Further analysis of the report reveals disparities in the progress of remediation across different programmes. Notably, 86% of the 496 buildings with ACM cladding have completed remediation, while only 7% of the 1,608 social housing developments have finalised necessary repair works.

In the Cladding Safety Scheme (CSS), none of the 104 buildings have seen the commencement or completion of remediation works as of the latest data.

Turning attention to developers' remediation status, as of October 31st, 2023, 1,035 self-reported buildings were identified as requiring remediation works for life-critical fire safety risks. Only 156 (15%) of these buildings had completed remediation by the end of October last year.

Rydon Holdings Group, linked to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, was responsible for 11 buildings, of which only two have been completed. In contrast, Persimmon PLC, Vistry Group, Taylor Wimpey, and Barrat Homes face challenges, with incomplete remediation works for buildings they are accountable for.

Galliard Group LTD demonstrates a comparatively higher completion rate, with 11 out of 16 buildings remediated, while The Berkeley Group Holdings has completed 34 out of 57 identified structures.

The statistics underscore the urgent need for comprehensive and swift action to address the alarming backlog of buildings with unsafe cladding, ensuring the safety of residents and mitigating the risk of potential fire incidents.

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