This section provides advice for owners and managing agents of tall buildings, covering best practice and legal responsibilities. Safety advice for residents can be found here.
High rise buildings are, generally speaking, those buildings with ground and more than four upper floors or with a floor of more than 18m from the ground.
Since the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in 2017, the Service has been working hard to ensure that residents of high rise buildings and our firefighters are as safe as they can be. As such, we have visited every high rise building in the Service area, conducted familiarisation visits, and met with resident groups to advise and reassure.
The Dame Judith Hackitt review into high rise safety, the Government’s response documents, and the currently on-going public enquiry are continuing to change the thought processes about tall buildings, and we are working with Government and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) to ensure that we contribute to the debate and the subsequent proposed changes.
The following links and documents are designed for those living in or responsible for high-rise buildings:
- National Fire Chiefs Council – Grenfell – This page contains a links relating to high rise, Grenfell and other advice
- The Local Government Association also has guidance in the Fire Safety in purpose-built blocks of flats document.
- The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has produced an advice note for the owners of high rise premises: www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-safety-advice-for-building-owners-including-fire-doors
Funding for the removal of unsafe cladding
Click here for further information about the funding available from Government for all leaseholders in high-rise buildings fitted with unsafe cladding.
The Government has also announced a new £30 million fund to pay for the costs of installing an alarm system in buildings with unsafe cladding. Common Alarms systems will enable costly waking watch measures to be replaced in buildings waiting to have unsafe cladding removed.
The fund builds on recently updated guidance published by the National Fire Chief’s Council on buildings that change from a ‘Stay Put’ to a ‘Simultaneous Evacuation’ fire safety strategy.
Whilst waking watch, when established and operated in accordance with NFCC guidance, is an acceptable risk mitigation strategy, the guidance is clear alarms are preferable on the grounds of both safety and cost efficiency.