We’ve all woken up this morning to the terrible news of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. We are deeply saddened and our heartfelt thoughts are with all those affected.
As a landlord of an 11-storey block tower in Merthyr Tydfil town centre this tragedy resonates quite closely with us.
The safety of our tenants is of the utmost importance and we want to reassure anyone concerned that we have health and safety measures in place, which include the following:
- A sprinkler system installed in flats and communal areas.
- A fire detection and alarm system which is linked to the Fire and Rescue Service.
- We have installed fire doors which include intumescent seals (even on the letterboxes) to control the spread of smoke.
- Compartmentalisation of floors which is designed to protect the escape staircase, subdivide the lobbies and further protect each individual flat.
- External Wall Insulation Cladding which has fire resisting construction.
- A clear corridor policy, designed to limit potential fuel sources.
- A Dry Riser is in place for use by the fire service in addition to their hydraulic platform which can reach to the top of the block.
Whilst we appreciate that these measures cannot prevent a fire, our aim is to ensure that we have put in place as many measures as possible to reduce the effects of the fire and aid a safe evacuation of residents.
This morning we, together with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, visited our tower block to speak to residents and will continue to work with them as more details of the London fire emerge. However, if anyone has any concerns, please contact us on 0800 085 7843.