Since 2017, the government has published a series of fire safety advice notes for owners and managers of tall buildings. In January 2020, these were brought together in a single document that relates to all residential blocks with cladding, regardless of their height.
In response, we have introduced a programme to test the external wall systems – including cladding, insulation and fire-stopping - across our buildings. We own hundreds of buildings, over 60 of which are over 18 metres and have some form of cladding (out of a government estimated figure of 1,700 in the UK) and therefore need to prioritise testing. We do this based on building height and type of external wall covering.