The funding will be used to ensure the safety of those living in both private and social sector tower blocks across the region by stripping them of any aluminium composite material deemed to pose a fire risk.
Anand Patel, director of block management at Revolution Property Management, said: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded Building Safety Funds, as the money will enable us to keep buildings and residents safe. It has never been the responsibility of leaseholders to deal with cladding issues themselves, especially when buildings have been signed off by the relevant, responsible authorities at the time of construction.
“This crisis has already left millions of families in tall and medium rise towers in an incredibly tough situation, and we’re glad that the government’s Building Safety Programme is continuing to upscale the support it offers. After all, everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home.”
The grant is financed by the £1bn fund announced in last year’s Budget, and is also designed to ensure leaseholders avoid having to pay for unsafe cladding to be removed where building owners are unable to do so. Recently, the presence of such cladding has prevented many homeowners from being able to sell their flats.
With year-on-year increases of 6.6%, Manchester’s house price growth is among the strongest in the UK, but safety standards must be bet if this growth is to continue.