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    RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF A £200M FUND TO REPLACE UNSAFE GRENFELL TOWER-STYLE CLADDING ON PRIVATE HIGH-RISE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

    Lesley McLeod, CEO, The
    Association for Project Safety

     “Safety needs to be
    built in so, while the government’s commitment to additional funding to replace
    high-rise cladding is welcome, it is better sense to tackle construction risks
    at the outset. The Association for Project Safety (APS) believes it is vital
    everyone who lives in a high-rise home can be confident they are safe so safety
    must be the priority right from the planning stage.

    “Safety is at the core
    of good design and the APS remains committed to working with the government and
    other professionals in the construction sector to promote and share good
    practice, as well as making sure everyone can build the skills and knowledge,
    they need to make Britain’s building better.

     “The APS welcomes the
    use of public funds to make high rise buildings safer, but we are concerned the
    timetable is very tight and that funds may prove insufficient – we believe it
    is better to do things right than force a potentially unrealistic deadline and
    budget on the project.”