cladding


Milan tower block blaze: “A disaster waiting to happen” and similarities to Grenfell highlight global problems in building safety

The fire at the 18-storey Torre del Moro in Milan was “a disaster waiting to happen” according to a preliminary report by a fire engineer. Read More

Hyfire wireless systems replaces waking watch to protect London residents

Hyfire's Taurus wireless fire system has been installed in a London tower block currently awaiting the replacement of defective cladding. Read More

Number of unsafe buildings in London suspending ‘stay put’ strategy passes 1k – Fire Commissioner calls for urgent action

Urgent action has been called for by the London Fire Commissioner after the number of apartment blocks in London deemed unsafe exceeds 1,000. Read More

Three-quarters of £30m Waking Watch Fund for fire alarm installations approved as second round for applications opens

Announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, ihe fund is set to “remove” or “reduce” the need for interim safety measures at high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding. Read More

“Updated EWS guidance is welcome, but it doesn’t solve the problem”

More defined EWS1 guidance led by long-term strategies and clear parameters is required to really affect change, Mike Fox argues. Read More

£16.5m of successful applications for fire alarms under £30m waking watch fund alternative scheme

The Government has released figures on the number of successful applications for funding of fire systems under its Waking Watch Relief Fund. Read More

Buildings under 18m no longer require EWS1 forms after independent research finds “no systemic risk of fire in blocks”

The Government has set out that EWS1 (External Wall System) Forms should no longer be requested for buildings below 18m. Read More

Mortgage lenders to cover the cost of making EWS-1 cladding forms public

UK Finance has announced that seven mortgage lenders will cover the cost of making existing EWS1 forms publicly available. Read More

The Fire Safety Act: Potential pitfalls and how the fire industry can overcome them

An in-depth look at the Fire Safety Act 2021, potential pitfalls and solutions with new requirements on fire risk assessments. Read More

Preliminary report into New Providence Wharf fire reveals smoke ventilation failure, with timber balconies “facilitating external spread of fire”

Over 100 firefighters tackled a fire at a block of flats in East London's New Providence Wharf on 7 May 2021. Read the latest on the incident. Read More

The road to Grenfell: A disaster they knew would happen

Mike Fox explains his belief that the tragic events of Grenfell Tower were an inevitable consequence of a damaged industry culture. Read More

Major UK housebuilders commit funds to fire safety works

Several of the UK’s major housebuilders have announced focused pots of funding to be used on the replacement of cladding and other fire safety issues. Read More

“Focus on smart fire detection to replace Waking Watch”, says Hochiki

Hochiki Europe is calling for authorities and building owners to focus on incorporating intelligent fire detection into ‘at-risk’ properties. Read More

Housing Secretary announces extra £3.5bn to tackle cladding crisis

Robert Jenrick has promised an extra £3.5bn from Government to help remove the unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings over 18m. Read More

“Unacceptable” that some building owners have yet to start remediation work on unsafe ACM buildings, says Building Safety Minister

Lord Stephen Greenhalgh noted that it was “unacceptable a minority” of buildings with unsafe ACM cladding have yet to start remediation works. Read More

Building Safety Minister calls on cladding executives to “step up” and face Grenfell inquiry

Stephen Greenhalgh has added pressure to the calls for cladding executives who supplied materials for the Grenfell Tower to face the ongoing inquiry. Read More



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