22 Jun 2017

Housing and Planning

Updated fire safety statement

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:  “We have  no evidence to suggest there is cause for concern about our tower blocks, but we are monitoring events very closely and will take on board any recommendations that come out as a result of the investigation. This would include any necessary changes to the way we do things. Bristol’s tower blocks are not included in the list announced by the Prime Minister today about buildings that use similar cladding to that used on Grenfell Tower.


“All our buildings have Fire Risk Assessments which are up to date, but we will continue to monitor the situation and decide our next steps once we know more about the causes of the fire and the initial results of the investigation.


“In the meantime we are currently looking at the feasibility of installing sprinklers in all our flats in multi-storey blocks. Whilst we use an entirely different system, we are also looking to employ an independent body to carry out checks on all of our clad blocks to reassure residents. This will include reviewing our approval certificates, specifications and materials used, as well as confirming the presence of fire breaks by doing sample tests.


“Earlier this week I went out with Avon Fire & Rescue Service to visit residents. I want to reassure our tenants that we are doing all that can possibly be done to protect them, and do everything we can to avoid a similar tragedy in Bristol.”