(UK) 50+ tower-block owners refusing to remove Grenfell-style cladding + BP renthouse

More than 50 tower-block owners refusing to remove Grenfell-style cladding, Theresa May admits

EXCERPT: More than 50 tower-block owners are still refusing to remove dangerous Grenfell-style cladding, Theresa May has admitted – seven months after the government vowed to act. The prime minister was accused of overseeing a “stench of complacency”, putting lives in jeopardy, 19 months after the catastrophic fire in the London high-rise that claimed 72 lives.

Last June, Ms May first threatened to force private owners of blocks to pay up for the work and her then-local government minister vowed that a solution would be “put in place swiftly”.

[...] Sarah Jones, a Labour MP, warned the tragedy at Grenfell remained “just the tip of the iceberg”, affecting many thousands of people. [...] “Today, 19 months on, the vast majority, 85 per cent, of the hundreds of blocks draped in exactly the same highly-flammable cladding are still covered....

MORE: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po...42781.html

Buckingham Palace 'should be converted into housing for 50,000 people'

EXCERPT: A company has come up with a bold solution to affordable housing in London – by transforming Buckingham Palace. German architecture firm Opposite Office believe their redesigns for the Queen’s home would provide living arrangements for a staggering 50,000 Londoners. Named Affordable Palace, the company’s designs would completely transform the 775 rooms that currently make up the palace, which was opened in 1703. There is a downside though – in order to squeeze so many residents into one place, the designs include no corridors and barely any circulation areas, while folding screens and walls would allow for certain spaces to be repurposed as needed....

MORE: https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/23/buckingha...e-8380613/

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