Manchester and Salford revealed as most at risk cities from inadequate cladding

New data reveals Salford and Manchester are the most at-risk cities from inadequate cladding – with more than 20 buildings identified with ACM systems which are unlikely to meet building regulations.

Utility Bidder has carried out research which reveals the UK areas most at risk from inadequate cladding.

The research reveals Salford, Tower Hamlets, Manchester, Greenwich and Newham have more than 20 buildings identified with ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) cladding systems.

The most at risk of these five local authorities are Salford and Tower Hamlets, with 11-20 buildings yet to be remediated.

Greenwich and Newham are the local authorities which have taken the most action against their buildings with ACM cladding systems, with between one and five buildings yet to be remediated.

Utility Bidder research

The Grenfell Tower fire disaster has increased the spotlight one cladding.

Although the cause of the disaster was an electrical fault in a fridge freezer, the flammable ACM cladding system installed was the catalyst for the fire’s spread.

Councillor Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “We absolutely stand in solidarity with these students and residents who should be able to live in safe buildings and not be affected by unsafe cladding.

“More than six years on from the Grenfell tragedy, it is concerning that building owners have still not done everything in their power to remove unsafe cladding – and without passing on the cost of the works to students and residents alike.

“We once again call for building owners to accept their responsibilities and do any necessary remedial works identified in the fire risk assessment immediately for the safety and peace of mind of our residents in these buildings.

“All our residents across the city should be able to live in a home that is safe.”

Salford City Council have been contacted for a response.

Main image courtesy of John via Flickr.

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