Grenfell Tower

England: New measures could see tall building threshold lowered

The UK Government has launched a consultation into proposals to lower the 18-metre height tall building threshold as part of new measures to improve building safety standards.

Published 21 January 2020

Combustible materials ‘clearly at fault’ for spread of Grenfell Tower fire

The long-awaited public inquiry report into the Grenfell Tower tragedy has concluded that the choice, combination and installation of cladding led to the fire spreading so quickly.

Published 31 October 2019

Lack of cladding certification could render high rise flats 'unsellable'

Potentially hundreds of flats in high rise blocks across Scotland may be effectively unsellable due to a lack of certification for cladding, it has been reported.

Published 21 October 2019

Eric Curran: Why getting cladding right must not cause property blight

Well-meaning legislation put in place following Grenfell is proving a real challenge for the property/construction industry in practice, writes chartered surveyor Eric Curran.

Published 9 October 2019

Fife Council commits £4.5m to high rise improvements

More than £4.5 million has been invested to improve high rise flats in Fife since the Grenfell disaster in 2017, the local authority has revealed.

Published 13 September 2019

CIH Scotland welcomes consultation on strengthening fire safety in high rise domestic buildings

CIH Scotland has welcomed the publication of revised fire safety guidance for landlords but called for the Scottish Government to ensure that fire safety messages for residents are clear and consistent in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

Published 17 July 2019

Grenfell survivors and relatives to take legal action in US

More than 100 Grenfell survivors and relatives have opened lawsuit proceedings in the US against three firms they blame for the fire.

Published 10 June 2019

CIH welcomes consultation on Hackitt proposals but raises timescales issues

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has welcomed the UK Government’s launch of a full consultation on the reform of building safety regulation but has voiced concerns over the length of time given to receive industry opinion.

Published 7 June 2019

UK Government to fund replacement of dangerous cladding on private tower blocks

Around £200 million will be made available to remove and replace unsafe cladding from around 170 privately owned high-rise buildings, the UK Government has announced.

Published 9 May 2019

Public consultation launched into high-rise fire safety

The safety of people living in high-rise flats across Scotland is the focus of a new public consultation launched by the Scottish Government.

Published 24 April 2019

New standards to improve fire safety in homes from 2021

New rules to reduce deaths in household fires will see improved standards introduced for fire and smoke alarms in all homes in Scotland from 2021, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 4 February 2019

Specialist contractors sought to help RSLs meet post-Grenfell obligations

Fire safety and building compliance contractors across Scotland are being invited to help registered social landlords (RSLs) meet new higher standards to protect properties from smoke and fire, introduced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster in London.

Published 29 January 2019

Scotland to increase high rise safety legislation in wake of Grenfell

Sound alerts for evacuation in high rise buildings and extending the mandatory installation of sprinklers in new flats are among a raft of new safety measures to be introduced next year in Scotland in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Published 7 December 2018

England: First tranche of £400m unsafe cladding fund released

The UK Government has released funding to remove and replace unsafe cladding on high-rise homes in England owned by social landlords.

Published 18 October 2018

CIH Scotland calls for holistic approach to fire safety

CIH Scotland has welcomed a review of fire safety standards and the need to ensure that recent incidents in Edinburgh, leading to the death of a school pupil, and the Grenfell fire are not repeated.

Published 26 September 2018