Councils to have ‘bigger role’ in building safety
The Government has said it wants to give councils a ‘bigger role’ in making sure high-rise buildings are safe.
Welwyn Hatfield in housing safety breach
A watchdog has found thousands of homes went uninspected for fire safety by Welwyn Hatfield BC.
Showing true colours
You could have been forgiven for assuming the fire service was in for a radical new look.
Queen’s Speech: New law to ‘modernise’ planning system
The Government has pledged to push ahead with reforms to the planning system in order to meet housebuilding targets.
LGA removes criticised fire safety guidance from website
The Local Government Association (LGA) finally removed fire safety guidance hosted on its website that had been heavily criticised after the Grenfell Tower blaze.
Grenfell council apologises over monitoring failings
Kensington & Chelsea LBC has apologised for failings in its monitoring of the organisation that managed Grenfell Tower.
An inflammatory situation
While fixing the cladding scandal may be a bitter pill for ministers to swallow, by not addressing it now, in full, we only create a false economy, says Sir Bob Neill.
Unearthing the success of heat pumps for high rise blocks
The safety and efficiency of tower blocks has come under intense scrutiny in recent years. Tim Woods explains what ENGIE UK is doing to support its clients to deliver safer homes
This hidden housing scandal has a specific human face
Pretty soon the shadow of the COVID crisis will lift - and hopefully the Grenfell inquiry will report one day - says Paul Wheeler. At some point soon we need to address the appalling record of the major builders in this country, he adds.
Committee condemns ‘pie-in-the-sky’ cladding promises
Thousands of people are at risk because of ‘serious shortcomings’ in the Government’s long-term response to the Grenfell Tower fire, MPs have said.
Government could buy up fire risk buildings
The Government has not ruled out compulsorily purchasing buildings with serious fire safety defects if the pace of remediation remains too slow.
Grenfell-style cladding remains on 243 buildings
Hundreds of buildings are still clad in the same material that led to the spread of the Grenfell Tower fire.
We need to break the deadlock
This weekend marks the three-year anniversary of the tragic fire at Grenfell. While welcoming the announcement in March of the £1bn Building Safety Fund, Sir Bob Neill says bureaucracy must not get in the way of delivery.
Government announces ‘biggest changes to building safety in a generation’
The Government has announced steps to further reform building safety, including mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks over 11 metres tall.
Budget 2020: £1bn building safety fund to remove unsafe cladding
A new £1bn fund to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings has been unveiled today by the chancellor.
Enforcement looms over Grenfell-style cladding towers
Plans are yet to be put forward to remove potentially dangerous Grenfell-style cladding on dozens of tower blocks.
After the fire
Liaison with a wide range of sectors including emergency planners ensured a well-co-ordinated response after a ferocious fire at a listed seafront hotel in Eastbourne, says Tim Whelan.
Grenfell inquiry: Better communication between councils and fire services needed
‘Far better direct communication’ between local authorities and fire and rescue services is needed, an official inquiry has urged.
Hackney to take developer to court
A London borough is preparing to take legal action against a developer over fire safety fears in a block of flats.
Much is still to be done on building safety
Lord Porter says the recent fire in Barking showed buildings under 18 metres have similar safety issues to higher blocks, and the Local Government Association looks forward to continuing to work with the Government to deliver much-needed reforms.