I have long called for developers to contribute towards remediating unsafe buildings and I welcome the pledge signed by 40 developers in April. Participant developers have committed to remediation of life-critical fire safety works in English buildings over 11 metres that they have played a role in developing or refurbishing over the last 30 years.
The pledge indicates that the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) will work with these developers over the coming months to enter into legally binding documentation to deliver self-remediation and/or mitigation works on these buildings; and the withdrawal from, and/or the reimbursement of, government funding where applicable.
There is a risk that this process will slow down existing remediation plans while contractual agreements are finalised, and the detailed scope of works agreed for each building. It is therefore vital that government continues to scrutinise remediation projects outside of the BSF and ACM Funds, to ensure that work continues at pace.