UK Government to consult on banning combustible cladding

Grenfell Tower. Image credit: Dominika Zarzycka /

THE UK Government is to launch a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise buildings. The announcement comes in the wake of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The review stopped short of recommending such a move but did make clear that “significant systemic reform” is needed in relation to high-rise buildings.

James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, said, “It has been deeply moving to hear directly from the Grenfell Tower survivors and community in my first few weeks as Secretary of State. This was a terrible tragedy that should never have happened. I welcome Dame Judith Hackitt’s comprehensive report and her calls for fundamental reform in the building sector. I am committed to making that happen as quickly as possible.

“The cladding believed to be on Grenfell Tower was unlawful under existing building regulations. It should not have been used. I will ensure there is no room for doubt over what materials can be used safely.

“Having listened carefully to concerns, I will consult on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings.

“We must ensure the tragedy at Grenfell brings change and I call on the industry to work with me to achieve the urgent reform needed.”