Our first thoughts and deepest sympathies are for all those affected by recent events at the Grenfell Tower Block in West London, and to the members of the emergency services who responded to this tragic incident. The full details of what happened in London are not yet available and we would not want to speculate on the situation.
However, understandably there have been concerns about the risk to our own housing stock and to address this we are able to provide the following information.
We do not have any medium or high rise blocks of flats. However, as further information about the London fire becomes available, we will review the implications on all our housing stock.
We complete regular safety inspections of our sheltered housing schemes, including fire risk assessments which are carried out by a third party professional.
Some of the early concerns about Grenfell Tower are based around the type of cladding used. This is very different from the Rendered External Wall Insulation fitted by us to some properties. We use different materials and the method of installation is different.
In addition to housing stock, we also manage a portfolio of commercial premises, most notably Pleasley Vale Mills and The Tangent. These multi-tenanted properties have robust fire safety procedures in place which in recent years have been reviewed by the Fire Service. Fire Risk assessments are undertaken at relevant intervals by fire safety professionals and supported by frequent Health and Safety inspections and fire drills.
We will continue to provide information to Government who are collating data from across the country. We will review our practices in light of the event and are working to determine if we need to make any changes.
We trust that this provides all the necessary information to provide reassurance to tenants. However, please contact us if you need further information on 01246 242424.