Fire safety improvements begin at Huddersfield high-rise Buxton House

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Work to improve tenant safety is due to begin at Huddersfield’s Buxton House next week.

57 flats in the 11-storey building on New Street will have new fire doors fitted and surrounding door fittings replaced. This is to ensure they meet the new building compliance standards, introduced following the Grenfell tragedy.

Communal doors will also be replaced as part of the work that starts from January 10 and is expected to last ten weeks.

Contractors will work on one floor at a time. The tenants whose properties are affected will be offered temporary accommodation for five days in local hotels whilst their floor is being upgraded.

Councillor Cathy Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy, said:

“Keeping our tenants safe is our top priority. This vital work to replace fire doors is one way we can ensure both our tenants and leaseholders remain safe in their homes. Housing officers have been working closely with the residents of Buxton House to make sure they fully understand the need for this work to go-ahead, and feel prepared for the short-term move to temporary accommodation to enable contractors to carry out the necessary works. We appreciate the upheaval this may cause, and hope all tenants and leaseholders will acknowledge the importance of us making these fire safety improvements. We’d like to thank them for working with our housing officers to make arrangements for us to continue meeting their housing needs whilst the work is ongoing.”

Will there be more works planned?

Yes. Further phases of the fire safety works at Buxton House will also include:

  • Compartmentation work to the empty spaces between the building’s walls
  • The installation of new automatic opening vents.

These works are part of a £90 million improvement plan being carried out across Kirklees, aimed at making tenants’ homes safer.