Pioneering high-rise sprinkler programme puts tenants at heart of £5m investment work
The ForViva Group, are amongst the first landlords in the country to commit to fitting sprinklers in all high-rise blocks, is half way through a £5m investment programme, with work already complete across hundreds of homes.
The Group took the decision last year to retrofit sprinkler systems into all of its 17 high-rise blocks in the North West following consultation with regional fire and rescue services and fire safety experts.
A partnership with fire safety specialists Protect24 has seen tenants closely involved throughout the work mobilisation and installation programme so that they understand the importance of the project and feel confident allowing access to their homes to enable the works to be delivered quickly and efficiently.
To date, 100% access to apartments has been achieved, demonstrating the impact that the up front and ongoing engagement has played in facilitating the fast-moving programme.
The works to fit sprinklers to apartments and communal areas to 12 blocks in Salford and five blocks in Knowsley forms part of the Group’s commitment to ensuring tenants living in high-rise blocks will both be safer and feel safer in their homes.
The Group is building on its existing holistic approach to deliver excellent fire safety to residents, including Type 4 fire risk assessments, robust compartmentation, fire alarms, clear signage, fire awareness visits to homes and a prescriptive testing routine for fire equipment and sterile area checks, to ensure a truly safe approach.
The project is on track to complete by March 2019, with sprinklers already fitted to five tower blocks in Salford’s Barton Village and work now underway to complete seven blocks in Eccles and a further five blocks in Knowsley , all ranging between 10 and 20 storeys.
Over 1,300 tenants will benefit from the work once the final phase is delivered.
The innovative retrofit solution means that ForViva has been able to deliver an extensive programme of works with no disruption to tenants who have been able to stay in their homes while the works take place.
Andy Zuntz, Chair of the Board said: “ForViva has an outstanding safety record and we are confident that we continue to provide safe homes. The Board took the decision to invest in installing sprinklers to high rise blocks following consultation with tenants and fire experts, to enhance the robust safety measures we already have in place and offer tenants peace of mind.”
Nigel Sedman, Group Director of Homes, added: “Our partnership with Protect24 to deliver this work in consultation with tenants has proved a huge success.
“By working with tenants to ensure they fully understand the programme we have been able to gain access easily to all apartments to date, while enabling us to raise awareness of the importance of fire safety. The retrofit approach being pioneered means that, tenants are able to stay in their homes while the work takes place and experience as little disruption as possible.”
ForViva is running a study tour at this year’s CIH Housing 2018 in Manchester on Monday 25 June to give delegates the chance to visit one of the blocks where work to install sprinklers is ongoing, and to learn about the different stages involved in delivering the work.
To book your place on the study tour email firstname.lastname@example.org
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To find out more about the sprinkler programme, contact Nigel Sedman, Group Director of Homes by emailing email@example.com.