Housing associations are continuing with remedial work on tower blocks almost two years after the Grenfell Tower disaster.
L&Q – which owns the largest numbers of towers in the sector – told Social Housing that it had completed just over 70 per cent of its remedial work to replace aluminium composite material
(ACM) cladding on its buildings by mid-April.
The London-based housing association said that it expected to reach a higher target of 84 per cent of remediation work being completed within 12 weeks.
Clarion, the largest housing association in the country, will be spending £21.8m on its remedial programme in 2018/19. It does not own any buildings with ACM cladding that are above 18 metres in height, and the provider has “taken extensive inspections and remedial
work across our taller buildings”.
Hyde told Social Housing that it has budgeted £50m for all major fire safety projects, including
the removal of ACM at one of its buildings.
Together Housing identified that out of its 30 blocks above 18 metres tall, 12 either had ACM cladding or were identified as being “at risk”.
Three have had their cladding removed, while nine sit within private finance initiative Pendleton Together, with “replacement to commence soon”.
Gentoo said that five out of 26 of its towers in the North East above 18 metres tall were fitted with “small, decorative amounts of ACM cladding”, and remedial work on all these buildings
was completed in summer 2018.
Manchester-based ForViva has spent £1.47m of an anticipated £2.29m on cladding replacement
work expected to complete in September. It has also spent £5m on retrofitting sprinkler systems.