Following the events at Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday 14th June 2017, Braemar Estates (BE) made urgent contact with our retained health & safety advisors as we were keen to provide comfort and reassurance to all our residents in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.
We re-issued our general fire safety advice, we re-iterated the “stay-put” policy as advocated by the Fire Action Plans in many of the buildings under our management and we initiated a plan to examine and test any suspect cladding at high-rise buildings under BE management.
In addition, our health management system has ensured that:
- Current and fully compliant Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) and General Health & Safety (GRA) Assessments are in place for all buildings under our management;
- That all actions arising from assessments have been managed to completion; and
- Compliance with the Fire Safety Order in terms of general fire safety precautions and fire emergency arrangements are in place for each property and that we continue to regularly inspect, service and maintain.
With regard to the specific issue of external cladding, the Fire Strategy document for each property should detail the cladding system used as part of the construction and confirm compliance with the Building Regulations Approved Document B which details the requirements for the safe design of high-rise building. Approved Document B4, Section 12 states: “The external envelope of the building should not provide a medium for fire spread if it is likely to be a risk to health or safety. The use of combustible materials in the cladding system and extensive cavities may present such a risk in tall buildings.”
BE will continue to communicate with leaseholders through a variety of media platforms in terms of general fire safety advice, re-assurance and confidence in our compliance procedures.
If you are in any doubt about any aspect of fire safety at your development, please do not hesitate to contact us.