Our work continues in relation to fire safety in our high-rise blocks and the safety of our residents remains our highest priority. Below is an update on progress:
Temporary screening of exposed insulation
Our appointed contractor, Wates Living Space, this week started the temporary screening of exposed insulation where we have removed, at low levels, ACM cladding. The material being used is a cement board. This work will take three to four weeks, completing in August.
We are currently awaiting results of the second phase of testing being undertaken at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). We expect to receive test results next week. The latest information on the testing, which includes 6 different combinations of cladding and insulation can be found here.
As stated in our last update on the 10 July, there is still no clear guidance on what cladding systems provide the best and safest solution but we continue to work with our appointed contractor, our colleagues across the housing sector and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to look at all options.
Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs)
Our in-depth (Type 3 and Type 4) Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs), which are being carried out by an independent fire safety company, are now underway and will continue over the next four months at high-rise blocks with ACM cladding.
Fire alarm installation
We have appointed a contractor for the installation of fire alarms to all our high-rise blocks and will be communicating details of the installation plan including dates to residents in our blocks when this information is available.
The 24 hour ‘wakeful watch’ will remain in place until the fire alarms have been installed.
For more information, please see our frequently asked questions which we are regularly updating. Once again, we appreciate the support and patience of our high-rise residents at this time.