Contractor launches cladding remediation service

Birmingham-based Colmore Tang Construction has launched a cladding remediation service for building owners, managing agents and surveyors looking to replace dangerous, non-compliant cladding.

Colmore Tang was launched in 2013 and has since grown into one of the most recognised contractors in the Midlands, delivering over 3,500 residential units, a 253-bedroom hotel and over 180,000 sq ft of retail space.

Its cladding remediation service has been launched in light of the ongoing and public cladding debate, which rose to prominence after the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017.

It is estimated that there are around 2,000 residential buildings that are still enveloped in high-risk, combustible cladding.

The Government launched its Building Safety Fund in May 2020, a £1bn support package designed to help building owners with the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding systems, and the government plans to have all remedial work in England completed by the end of 2021.

Colmore Tang will provide the full remediation process from initial fire assessment and design, to project management, tax advice and delivery. It is also able to advise owners accessing the government’s Building Safety Fund.

Steve Underwood, chief operating officer at Colmore Tang Construction, said: “Nobody should have to live in an unsafe building. Through conversations we have had with building owners, managing agents and even cladding manufacturers, it’s clear that the complexities in cladding remediation are slowing down the ability to get this vital work done. The government’s target is also mounting pressure on building owners, who are being encouraged to complete all works before mandatory new legislation is introduced.

“To date, we have delivered over 3,500 apartments from both new and existing buildings. This re-engineering expertise has given us the knowledge and supply chain to remediate unsafe cladding on behalf of third-party owners and agents. We’re working with a small cross section of our supply chain to keep the process simple and accountable. These suppliers not only have the right experience, they also hold the relevant qualifications and accreditations to deliver a compliant scheme in line with the new legislation that will be brought in by the Fire Safety Bill next year.”