London, UK – More than 300 high rise buildings in the UK still have aluminium composite material rainscreen panels or are fitted with similar materials, according to the Government and Local Communities select committee.
‘[The number] doesn't include the many thousands of buildings of all heights with other forms of combustible cladding or those buildings with serious fire safety defects, including combustible insulation, timber balconies and walkways, missing fire breaks and faulty fire doors,' the committee added.
They claim that there could be as many as 11,300 buildings with other forms of combustible cladding. Of these, 1700 are deemed high risk.
'Three years since the Grenfell Tower fire, to still have 2000 high-risk residential buildings with dangerous cladding is deeply shocking and completely unacceptable,' the committee said.
Over the past three years, it has recommended a ban on combustible cladding on high-rise buildings, funding for the remediation of buildings with any form of dangerous cladding, the installation of sprinkler systems where structurally feasible, and a clear deadline by which these should be achieved.
The report, Cladding: Progress of Remediation is the result of an inquiry launched in March this year. Its aim was to investigate the concerns around the pace of remedial work, the costs to residents, and wider fire safety concerns.
In the UK, each government department has its own Select Committee of MPs. The cross-party committee holds the minister in charge of the department to account. The structure is replicated in the House of Lords, the UK's upper chamber of parliament.