Grenfell Tower

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

High-rise cladding is safe, insists Fife Council

Fife Council has reassured its tenants that cladding on its high-rise buildings is safe after an investigation found that some buildings do not meet the recommendations of Scottish Government fire safety experts.

Published 3 September 2018

Taylor Wimpey to replace Glasgow Harbour cladding as part of £30m ‘moral’ provision

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has set aside £30 million to replace unsafe cladding installed on its developments, including flats at Glasgow Harbour.

Published 1 August 2018

Sprinkler systems to be made compulsory in new social housing

The Scottish Government has announced legislation to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing.

Published 21 June 2018

UK: Government publishes consultation on combustible cladding ban

The UK government has announced a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings which are 18 metres or over.

Published 19 June 2018

Fire at New Gorbals Housing Association high-rise brought under control

New Gorbals Housing Association has thanked the emergency services for a "prompt and professional" response to a high-rise fire in Glasgow yesterday morning.

Published 15 June 2018

Scottish Government announces consultation on tougher safety standards on Grenfell anniversary

The Scottish Government has announced a consultation on tougher building safety standards to coincide with the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 72 people.

Published 14 June 2018

Vigils across Scotland to mark year since Grenfell fire

Vigils are set to take place across Scotland this week to commemorate a year since the Grenfell Tower fire in which 72 people died.

Published 12 June 2018