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Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about cladding inspections.

Why are cladding inspections happening?

Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in 2017, there was a public enquiry which found the reason the fire spread was partly due to the unsuitable cladding on the outside of the building.

A key recommendation from the report was that all buildings over 18 metres high needed to be inspected to check if the cladding is safe. The Government have since expanded the criteria for inspection to include all multi-occupied residential buildings under 18 metres.

Which buildings are being inspected?

Initially, we are investigating and carrying out any necessary work on the 63 buildings we are responsible for that are over 18 metres high.

There are also around 500 multi-occupied residential buildings under 18 metres which will require inspection. These buildings will be added to our programme of work as part of future phases of the project.

We understand this may mean it will take a while for us to investigate your building. We understand this must be frustrating for our customers, but we are working as hard as we can with the resources we have available in this unprecedented situation.

How are you deciding which buildings are prioritised?

It's essential that we focus on buildings over 18 metres first due to the greater risk they pose to customers. We have now carried out a detailed inspection of all 63 of these buildings.

We will be using a risk rating for the rest of our buildings. Each building will be assessed by factors such as height, the type of cladding used and how many people are likely to be affected. We will then allocate a risk rating based on this information. We will prioritise the buildings with the highest risk rating.

Why is this process taking so long?

We understand this is a long process and could be frustrating for our customers. We are working as hard as we can to move things forward. There are a number of reasons why the process is taking a while to complete:

  • Government guidelines
    We need to follow the correct advice issued from the Government. This has changed quite a lot throughout the process and new legislation is regularly being introduced.
  • Shortage of supplies and industry experts
    There are tens of thousands of buildings across the UK that need to be investigated. This has led to massive demand and therefore shortage of materials and industry experts who are needed to inspect the cladding.
  • Internal resources
    We have had to understand the scale of the work needed, as well as recruit and train a team of staff. The scope of the project is constantly changing as this is an unprecedented situation.
  • Funding the works
    We have needed to explore the options for how the work will be funded for each building. This can often include going back to the developer or contractor if we have identified the original work was not completed to the right standard. It can take months to go through this process and it can also involve legal action which causes additional delays.
  • Coronavirus
    The works have been affected by the outbreak of covid-19 and as such some of the work had to be paused during lockdown.

My building is shorter than 18 meters. When will it be inspected?

As we have to focus on buildings over 18 metres initially, that means any further surveys and work on smaller buildings need to come at a later date.

We have over 500 buildings that need to be inspected and this will take some time to complete. Each building requires significant time and resource to identify if it needs further work or repairs. As all tall buildings across the country need to be inspected, there is a shortage of suppliers, experts and contractors to carry out the work needed, and we only have a certain amount of resource at A2Dominion.

We will be using a risk rating to calculate how our buildings should be prioritised. Each building will be assessed by factors such as height, the type of cladding used and how many people are likely to be affected. We will then allocate a risk rating based on this information. We will prioritise the buildings with the highest risk rating.

We will write to our customers to let them know when inspections to their buildings are due to take place. We understand the amount of time the process is taking may be frustrating. We want to reassure our customers that we will investigate every single building we are responsible for, however this will take a while and we don’t have a timescale at the moment.

Does my building meet the current regulations?

If we haven’t yet carried out an investigation on your building as yet, we can't confirm whether your building meets the current regulations.

We have over 500 buildings that need to be inspected and this will take some time to complete. Each building requires significant time and resource to identify if it needs further work or repairs. As all tall buildings across the country need to be inspected, there is a shortage of suppliers, experts and contractors to carry out the work needed, and we only have a certain amount of resource at A2Dominion.

We understand the amount of time the process is taking may be frustrating. We want to reassure our customers that we will investigate every single building we are responsible for, however this will take a while and we don’t have a timescale at the moment.


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