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Vinci’s facilities arm strengthens retrofit training

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Vinci’s facilities and refurbishment division is training its staff to be fully qualified in fire safety and remediation, while half will be retrofit experts. In partnership with the Retrofit Academy Community Interest Company (CIC), the French-owned company will see its employees carry out various levels of training in centres in…

Man charged with fraud after cladding form probe

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A Liverpool man has been charged with fraud, following an investigation into the misuse of forms designed to identify cladding fire risk. Merseyside Police said Thomas Michael Clarke, 33, of Knowsley Lane, Prescot, would appear in court on 3 August. A 19-month probe was triggered after residents of high-rise apartment…

Kier flagged fire-safety risk at Shepherd’s Bush tower months before blaze

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A block of flats that caught fire close to Grenfell Tower in West London was clad with unsafe materials identified by Kier earlier this year and due for removal, Construction News can reveal. Eight fire engines and about 60 firefighters were called out to a fire at a high-rise block…

Galliford Try in standoff over Birmingham building remediation

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A high-rise apartment building remains covered with dangerous cladding as the involved parties argue over liability. Birmingham’s Islington Gates apartment block remains covered in unsafe cladding, which was discovered after the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, when 72 people died. The 141-apartment block is not covered in aluminium composite material…

18-metre cladding threshold ‘completely arbitrary’, MP warns

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The 18-metre threshold used to ban the use of flammable materials on high-rise buildings is “completely arbitrary” and driven by public fear, a Conservative MP has warned. Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the government changed fire and building rules to prohibit the use of combustible materials on the external walls…

Fast-track cladding qualification looks to address skills shortage

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An accelerated cladding installation qualification is being piloted to help ease the critical shortage of trained professionals that threatens vital remediation work. Awarding body ProQual and digital-first training platform provider Tequ have joined forces to pilot a job-specific rainscreen-cladding installation qualification, which aims to train 100 professionals by the autumn.…

Remediation work threatened by cladding trainer shortage

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Vital remediation work to improve UK building safety after the Grenfell Tower tragedy is being affected by a lack of rainscreen-cladding trainers, a report warns. The Competence Framework – Installer Pilots report, compiled by the WG2 steering group formed on the back of the Hackitt review into building safety, found…

Nationalise BRE to fix ‘disastrous’ commercial ties, Fire Brigades Union says

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Privatising the Building Research Establishment (BRE) was a “disastrous decision”, which should be reversed, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said. The building research and standards organisation, which was privatised in 1997, is responsible for testing building materials for safety features. But the union claims the move to privatise the…

Interview: chief inspector of buildings on the new Building Safety Act

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“This is just the start,” says Peter Baker, chief inspector of buildings at the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), on the Building Safety Act’s recent Royal Assent. “The act is very complex and very comprehensive,” he explains. “But it is primarily an enabling piece of legislation […] It will have…

Building Safety Bill: how it will affect the construction sector

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Running to a full 262 pages and packing in safeguards for leaseholders that were unthinkable a little over a year ago, the government’s new Building Safety Bill is finally being passed into law today. This major piece of legislation will update and amend a number of other laws, such as…