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High Rise Properties – Update

Published on 06/03/2018

Following on from our previous updates on the ongoing Scottish Government investigations into the presence of ACM Cladding in High Rise properties throughout the country, we thought our customers would be interested in the latest available information.

The Scottish Government’s Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety met again on 31st January 2018 with the following points of interest arising:

Aluminium Composite Material (ACM)

SG officials updated the Ministerial Working Group (MWG) on the information returned by Local Authorities (LAs) regarding ACM. No further cases of ACM on high-rise private or social domestic buildings have been reported.

Glasgow City Council (GCC) has reported 6 high-rise non-domestic buildings with sleeping accommodation have ACM present. Aberdeen City Council (ACC) has reported 1 non-domestic building with ACM and 5 further non-domestic buildings which require further investigation. ACC will provide a further update to SG officials when this investigation is complete. The SFRS has carried out fresh fire safety audits and all identified buildings remain safe. The expectation is that the respective local authorities will work with owners to commission a fire engineer’s report and establish whether any additional action needs to be taken to reduce fire risk to the fabric of these buildings.”

The MWG also discussed the Interim Report on the review by Dame Judith Hackitt

“SG officials updated the MWG on the industry summit meeting held in London on the 26 January, held following publication of the interim report. Although Dame Judith’s review is of the English system, SG officials are contributing to her work, helping Dame Judith understand the way the Scottish system operates and also to ensure, where appropriate, lessons for improvement in Scotland are also considered.

MWG was content that that scope of the 3 review groups set up in Scotland, despite the differences between the Scottish and English systems, mirrored the scope of issues being considered by Dame Judith, however this would continue to be kept under review.

The MWG was asked to note that Dame Judith intends to visit Scotland on the 9th March and SG officials are liaising with UK government to develop a programme.”

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