St Leger Homes of Doncaster, in conjunction with Doncaster Council and its partners, has continued to prioritise and review fire safety in its high rise buildings, to maximise the safety of its residents following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Doncaster Council’s Cabinet will on Tuesday (18th July) receive a report recommending the installation of sprinkler systems in all high rise flats. This step will ensure the maximum safety and minimum risk of any fire spreading. A letter informing all high rise residents of this proposal was hand delivered by St Leger Homes staff on Monday.
On top of the current checks that have been undertaken on its high rise housing stock, St Leger Homes has commissioned an independent specialist to review the work that has been completed so far, and to undertake more detailed fire risk assessment surveys.
Following the decision to remove decorative capping at Silverwood House last month, we have carried out further analysis, in partnership with our contractor Keepmoat Regeneration, that has shown that some of the panels at the base and on the lift shaft at Silverwood House do not meet the recent Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) guidance. With the safety of residents being our number one priority a decision has been made to remove and replace these panels. Work will start on Monday, 17 July.
Paul Tanney, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes of Doncaster, said:
“The safety and security of our residents is our main priority that is why we have been proactively checking all cladding systems and not just those required by government. We’ve completed the checks on the panelling at our high rise properties, the only panelling we’ve found which does not meet the highest safety standards as clarified by Department of Communities and Local Government are being removed from Silverwood House, all other panelling meets those standards. We are taking steps over and above what is currently being required by Government to ensure tenants are reassured about the safety of where they live. I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure tenants that the panels we are removing are not Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) which were used to clad Grenfell Tower.”
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Glyn Jones, said:
“The safety of our residents remains our number one priority, and this will continue to be at the heart of our response following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower. We took a proactive approach to remove the decorative capping from Silverwood House, I am recommending a proposal to cabinet which would see sprinklers put into all of our high rise blocks and to provide further reassurance for residents we are insisting that these further panels are removed and replaced.”