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Grenfell Tower - Government recommend a specific ban on combustible cladding

The Hackitt review was set up to review existing building regulations and fire safety following the Genfell Tower fire in June 2017. It was published in May 2018 and has been criticized as it did not recommend a ban on combustible cladding. The use of combustible cladding as insulation on the exterior of the Grenfell building is a reason why the fire spread. The government has started a consultation to explore banning the use of combustible cladding in residential buildings taller than 18m.

The government’s preferred recommendation is to give a legal solution by amending the current building regulations to include a specific ban against using combustible cladding with unlimited fines for those who do not comply. They are not proposing that the ban applies retrospectively to existing buildings, but it would apply to new buildings.

It is estimated the ban would increase the build cost of high rise buildings by up to £75,000. The consultation ends on the 14th August 2018.

For further Commercial Property advice, please contact Chris Sykes, Director and Head of Commercial Property.