London authority owns blocks with flammable cladding

London authority owns blocks with flammable cladding

THE GREATER London Authority (GLA) has been found to own the freehold for two tower blocks clad in aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding.

Inside Housing reported on the reveal that the GLA owns the freehold for the two high rises, with the information found on Companies House. The firm’s directors, including deputy mayor for housing and residential development James Murray and executive director for housing and land David Lunts, are listed as directors of the firm, while the GLA has ‘refused to disclose’ the names of the buildings nor the organisations ‘responsible for their management’.

It is understood that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) approached the GLA regarding the sites at the start of August, and a spokesperson for London mayor Sadiq Khan told the news outlet: ‘We have been working closely with the private sector building owners on two sites for which the Greater London Authority is the freeholder.

‘These buildings are owned by other parties on very long leaseholds and we are working to ensure any necessary works will be undertaken urgently at no cost to individual leaseholders, and that any interim safety measures are in place in the meantime. We welcome the government joining us in putting pressure on building owners to take any remedial action needed around unsafe ACM cladding.’

Yesterday, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire stated that private sector landlords have a ‘moral imperative’ to remove flammable cladding, with the government considering enforcement, and he sent letters to around 60 building owners threatening financial penalties for failure to remove the material. Inside Housing stated that GLA Land and Property, a company owned by the GLA, ‘was among those issued the warning’.