To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his oral contribution of 30 January 2023, Official Report, column 54, on Cartier House, the Gateway and the Drive, Saxton Gardens, what progress he has made investigating the position of those buildings.
As set out in our answer to Question UIN 117474 on 11 January 2023, the department has issued a short form funding agreement on 31 October 2022 for £581,274 from the Building Safety Fund to the applicant for Cartier House for 'pre-tender support'. Pre-tender support is advance funding to enable the applicant to develop their project. The applicant has yet to sign and return the short form funding agreement which would allow the project to progress.
This building did not meet the eligibility criteria for the first tranche of the Building Safety Fund but has reapplied for the reopened Fund. This application was submitted to the Department on 17 February 2023 and is undergoing technical assessment.
Three of the four blocks in the Gateway development met the eligibility criteria for the Building Safety Fund and have been approved £18,637,639 funding. The applicant has subsequently applied through the reopened Fund for works that will cover the whole of the development. The application is currently being considered.