Low-rise council flats to get £21 million safety upgrade

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Work to upgrade fire safety measures across all low-rise council flats is set to go ahead.

Kirklees Cabinet approved the £21million investment programme over two years, which will see all 865 low-rise blocks across Kirklees benefit from improved fire protection measures.  

The work will involve six-storey blocks, as well as retirement living schemes and low-rise buildings, and comes as work is already underway upgrading the council’s high-rise blocks including flats at Buxton House, Harold Wilson Court and Berry Brow.

When will the work start?

Work will start in May 2022 when approved contractors Fortem Solutions Limited will start the process of independently surveying every low-rise block in Kirklees to identify and carry out the fire safety works needed

These surveys will inform what works are necessary on a per building basis and are likely to include replacing fire doors to homes and communal areas, compartmentation, upgrading smoke and heat alarms, emergency lighting and new fire signage. 
Tenants and leaseholders have been informed of the programme and will be contacted directly ahead of any survey or work being carried out on their building. 

David Shepherd, Strategic Director of Growth and Regeneration, said:

“Since the transfer from KNH, the council has focused on and prioritised investment to ensure our tenants are safe in their homes.

“This is part of that on-going commitment to keeping our tenants in low rise buildings as safe as possible.

“The £21million investment will see every one of our 865 low-rise buildings individually surveyed and safety upgrades made to the highest standard to further ensure the safety of all our tenants and leaseholders in the event of a fire.”

The work is part of a wider £90 million improvement programme being carried out across social housing in Kirklees. The early part of the programme focused on high rise flats and has already seen major fire safety improvements completed at Buxton House in Huddersfield town centre.