Grenfell Tower

Scotland to increase high rise safety legislation in wake of Grenfell

Sound alerts for evacuation in high rise buildings and extending the mandatory installation of sprinklers in new flats are among a raft of new safety measures to be introduced next year in Scotland in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Published 7 December 2018

England: First tranche of £400m unsafe cladding fund released

The UK Government has released funding to remove and replace unsafe cladding on high-rise homes in England owned by social landlords.

Published 18 October 2018

CIH Scotland calls for holistic approach to fire safety

CIH Scotland has welcomed a review of fire safety standards and the need to ensure that recent incidents in Edinburgh, leading to the death of a school pupil, and the Grenfell fire are not repeated.

Published 26 September 2018

High-rise cladding is safe, insists Fife Council

Fife Council has reassured its tenants that cladding on its high-rise buildings is safe after an investigation found that some buildings do not meet the recommendations of Scottish Government fire safety experts.

Published 3 September 2018

Taylor Wimpey to replace Glasgow Harbour cladding as part of £30m ‘moral’ provision

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has set aside £30 million to replace unsafe cladding installed on its developments, including flats at Glasgow Harbour.

Published 1 August 2018

Sprinkler systems to be made compulsory in new social housing

The Scottish Government has announced legislation to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing.

Published 21 June 2018

UK: Government publishes consultation on combustible cladding ban

The UK government has announced a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings which are 18 metres or over.

Published 19 June 2018

Fire at New Gorbals Housing Association high-rise brought under control

New Gorbals Housing Association has thanked the emergency services for a "prompt and professional" response to a high-rise fire in Glasgow yesterday morning.

Published 15 June 2018

Scottish Government announces consultation on tougher safety standards on Grenfell anniversary

The Scottish Government has announced a consultation on tougher building safety standards to coincide with the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 72 people.

Published 14 June 2018

Vigils across Scotland to mark year since Grenfell fire

Vigils are set to take place across Scotland this week to commemorate a year since the Grenfell Tower fire in which 72 people died.

Published 12 June 2018

Ministers back VAT exemption for removal of combustible building cladding

Companies removing combustible cladding from their buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy should have their VAT waived by the UK government, Scottish Ministers have said.

Published 4 June 2018

Social housing sprinkler plan receives overwhelming support

Proposals for mandatory fire sprinklers in new-build social housing have been met with overwhelming public support, Scottish Labour has revealed.

Published 23 May 2018

Scottish ministers to consider lessons from Hackitt review into fire safety

A review into UK building regulations in the wake of last year’s Grenfell Tower fire has highlighted the benefit of the pre-emptive system in Scotland, though ministers have vowed to ensure its recommendations are considered north of the Border.

Published 18 May 2018

England: Government to fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing

The UK government has announced it will fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations in England, estimated at £400 million.

Published 17 May 2018

GWSF urges caution on mandatory sprinklers plan

The benefits and costs of installing sprinklers in social housing need to be weighed against the many other pressures on the rents tenants pay, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 17 April 2018