Michael Gove's DLUHC has signed up 45 developers to raise £3bn for remediation work over the next decade. Credit: via Social

DLUHC: Almost 10% of mid-rise resi requires safety fix

Around 9,000 mid-rise buildings in the UK require remediation work worth up to £5.3bn to “alleviate life-safety fire risk”, according to a pilot study by the government department. 

The Department for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities conducted research into the safety of external wall systems – which includes cladding – used on buildings between 11 and 18 metres in height. 

The study found that, while 91% of midrise buildings are considered to have safe external wall systems, between 6,220 and 8,890 require some sort of action to be taken. 

Of these, 5,210 – 7,430 buildings have at least one external wall system composition type that requires full remediation. 640 – 920 require partial remediation of one type of external wall system composition, and 370 – 530 buildings require mitigation measures. 

The costs to alleviate external wall system life-safety fire risks for leasehold dwellings in mid-rise residential buildings is estimated to be between £3.1bn and £5.3bn, according to DLUHC. 

To date, 45 developers and housebuilders have pledged to help raise £3bn over the next decade to remediate buildings above 11 metres, as well as promising to remediate any buildings they have developed over the last 30 years. 

The government has already set up the £5bn Building Safety Fund to support leaseholders living in dangerous buildings taller than 18 metres. 

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