Armed Forces: Housing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th May 2022.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to (a) begin and (b) complete work to remove flammable cladding from each high rise building on the defence estate that houses armed forces personnel.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) own 26 high-rise Single Living Accommodation buildings of 6 storeys and above with a type of external wall system requiring additional fire safety assessments.

Work to remediate one fully clad high-rise accommodation block, Vanguard Building at HMS Nelson, started in February 2020 and completed in March 2022.

The remaining high-rise accommodation blocks are partially-clad.

One building is already due to be replaced with a new build. A construction start date will be issued once this is finalised.

Surveys on the remaining 24 high-rise buildings, which are partially clad, are all complete. The survey results are now being assessed and are being used to determine required remedial work, after which, start and completion dates will be set.

All buildings have a current Fire Risk Assessment in place and remain legally compliant for continued occupation.

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