Residential buildings over 18 metres

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, the Government (Department of Communities and Local Government) has requested we contact owners of privately owned high-rise residential blocks over 18 metres to collect information about their buildings.

The Government have asked us to gather this information so they can understand whether the British Research Establishment (BRE), or another accredited testing body, has carried out appropriate testing of buildings with a cladding system that includes Aluminium Composite Material.

In the interests of safety, we are asking building owners to complete an online survey about materials used on their buildings. We want building owners to assess each elevation of their block and provide information about building materials used. A link to the survey was included in written correspondence with building owners on 10 November 2017. You can also access the survey online here.

DCLG has identified a number of privately owned high-rise residential blocks over 18 metres in Camden for us to follow up. However, we are carrying out work locally to add to the DCLG list to include properties that have been built or extended more recently. If you own a residential block that you think may meet this criteria and you have not heard from us please email privatesectorsafety@camden.gov.uk so that an appropriate officer can respond.

Information about the materials used on the outside of these blocks will be passed onto the Government. This will help to build a national picture of the number of privately owned high-rise buildings clad in Aluminium Composite Material.

The Government wrote to all local authorities in September 2017 to outline guidance on how to collect data on privately owned high-rise residential blocks. You can read their guidance here.

Owners of clad high rise residential buildings (whether they are ACM or non ACM clad) can find advice and guidance from DCLG about the inherent risks of cladding and how to monitor and reduce risk here.  

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