St Leger Homes of Doncaster has confirmed that sprinkler installation works will begin in its high rise properties on 19th March, alongside other fire safety improvements.
Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London, the local housing provider has been working closely with colleagues at Doncaster Council to see how fire safety can be improved across its housing stock.
Safety has been the main concern when looking at the changes that need to be made, and Doncaster Council have agreed to fund the installation of sprinklers in all of St Leger Homes’ high rise buildings to enable the work to be undertaken.
These works will start in Balby Bridge on 19th March and in Intake in early June – and will hopefully be completed in all high rise flats by the end of the Summer.
Residents in the high rises have been written to let them know when works will take place and a series of drop in sessions were held last month to enable people see exactly what will be involved in their own properties and ask any questions that they have.
Alongside these improvements, the passenger lifts at Silverwood House will also be replaced and the communal areas in that building will be upgraded. Those improvement works should be completed by the end of the year.
All works will be undertaken by Fortem, part of the Willmott Dixon group, who have a vast amount of experience in this field.
Doncaster Council are paying for the vast majority of the works across our 9 high rise blocks. With South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s (SYFR) Stronger Safer Communities Reserve providing over £200k to help pay for half the sprinkler instalment works taking place at Silverwood House.
Paul Tanney, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said:
“The safety of our tenants is always at the heart of our work and we believe that these improvements to our high rise properties, including the installation of sprinklers in every home, will make a real difference to people living there.
“Since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, we have been working closely with our colleagues at Doncaster Council to ensure fire safety is improved and that any changes that need to be made happen as quickly as possible. We have been talking to tenants affected but if they have any questions that were not covered in the drop in sessions, we would encourage them to contact us on 01302 736328.”
Cllr Glyn Jones, Cabinet Member for Housing and Equalities at Doncaster Council, said:
“It is vitally important that our tenants feel safe in their homes, which is why we have committed £4 million of our Council’s capital budget to invest in fire safety for council housing. The installation of the sprinklers will play a big part in reassuring those who live in our high rise flats.”
Steve Helps, SYFR Area Manager, said:
“Sprinklers are a cost effective way of making homes safer – they stop fires from spreading, put them out quickly and save lives. We are especially concerned about those people who are most at risk of fire such as those with mobility or mental health problems or people with dementia who may not know how to react, or be able to react quickly enough, if they hear a smoke alarm. We play a key leadership role in helping people to better understand the benefits of sprinklers as part our commitment to reduce the impact of fire on people, property and the environment and this funding is the best possible evidence of our commitment to that goal.”
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