Our sincere condolences go out to those who have been affected by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London. As it is currently an unfolding situation, it is too early to know exactly how this has happened but the circumstances do raise some important questions about fire safety.
One Manchester manages several high-rise blocks across the city and we can confirm that previous refurbishment work to our multi storey blocks was completed in line with building regulations and was subject to and approved by MCC building control during the pre-construction and construction phases, with fire safety being a key element of the approval.
We would like to reassure our residents and the wider public that we carry out full annual Fire Risk Assessments for each of the multi storey blocks and these are up to date. In addition our caretakers carry out regular checks throughout the blocks.
The exact cause of the fire at Grenfell Tower is not yet known and how exactly the fire spread so quickly is of course the main question that everyone has been asking. As more details are confirmed we will be responding accordingly and with guidance from the fire service, who have advised us that they will be issuing a centralised response to housing providers as soon as they can. We will work with the fire service to ensure we are aware of any changes to the guidance that might arise following this event in London.
Our customers, particularly those in high rise blocks, will naturally be concerned and will have questions. Initially they can ask our caretakers who are on site every day and the latest fire safety and evacuation information is available here. We will be issuing further information to residents but it is important that we take advice from the fire service and provide the correct information.
For now, if customers living in our multi storey blocks have any immediate concerns they can raise them with their caretaker or contact the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Contact Centre on 0800 555 815.
Dave Power, chief executive of One Manchester said “Following this terrible event, we will be carrying out a full review of our existing arrangements, working with colleagues from housing providers across Greater Manchester, as well as with the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service and the Mayor’s office, to ensure that the highest of standards of safety are maintained across the city.”