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Across the country there are thousands of buildings that need these forms, and a limited number of qualified people who can do the work so it will take some time before our programme is complete.
Due to the Covid 19 outbreak this work was paused but is starting again in early July 2020.
This form records what assessment of the external wall construction of buildings over 18 metres tall has been carried out. Getting the information required to complete this form can often require significant intrusive testing of the fabric of the building. This is because building owners cannot rely on the fact a building received Building Control sign off at the time it was built.
The work required to produce the certification is challenging. The information required was not produced as part of the construction of the building and the government guidance requires a retrospective analysis. The only way to produce the analysis is to physically open up the building and take a detailed look. As well as the complicated nature of the work itself, there are other factors including the availability of the specially trained experts to complete the work. We are moving on this as fast as we can to safely produce the required information.
We will be producing a schedule for the programme and publishing the EWS1 forms for each building as they are available.