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Tower Blocks

Request

1) Please provide a list of all tower blocks in your area (18m and above), whether residential or otherwise.

2) For each building, please state the building's name and what it is used for (residential/business etc)

3) Please state how many people live/work in each building.

4) Please state whether each building has a sprinkler system.

5) Please state if each building has a central fire alarm system.

6) Please state whether or not each building is cladded with Aluminium Composite Material (also known as Aluminium Composit Panels)

7) Please state, for each building cladded with ACM/ACP, the type of insulation and core used with the panels, for example polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PUR), profiled metal or a mineral core.

8) Please state whether each building is cladded with Reynobond PE cladding or Reynobond FR cladding.

9) Where another type of cladding was used on a building, please state the type of cladding used.

10) Where cladding has been installed on a tower block, please state the name of the company that carried out the installation (where this is known).

11) Where fire tests have been carried out since the Grenfell Tower fire, please state how many tower blocks have been found to be cladded with materials found to be combustible? Please state the type of material that was found to be combustible.

12) Please provide a copy of any fire test reports on cladding that have been produced since the Grenfell Tower fire and the results of these tests.

13) Please provide a copy of any correspondence about tower block cladding sent or received since 13 June, 2017.

14) Please provide a copy of any correspondence sent or received in the last seven years about cladding.

15) Please provide a copy of any reports by the fire authority that mention cladding in the last seven years.

16) How often does your fire brigade carry out fire safety inspections at tower blocks in your area (18m or above).

17) When were these checks last carried out prior to the Grenfell Tower fire?

18) How many tower blocks has your fire brigade inspected since the Grenfell Tower fire? How many were found to be safe?

19) How many tower blocks has your fire brigade inspected since they were found to contain combustible panels/material in fire tests? How many of them were found to be safe?

Response

1. and 2.  With regard to questions 1 and 2 please see the file below marked 'Report'.  Only one building in Derbyshire is classed as a Tower Block for annual inspection.  This is a residential Tower Block called Rivermead House in Derby.

3. We do not record how many people live/work in each building. It is a matter for the Responsible Person(s) to put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures in accordance with Regulation Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

4.   Please see the file below marked ‘Report’. It is for the Responsible Person to put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures.

5.  We do not hold this data. It is for the Responsible Person to put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures.

6.  We do not hold this data. It is for the Responsible Person to put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures and to carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly.

7.  We do not hold this data.

8.  We do not hold this data.

9.  We do not hold this data.

10.  We do not hold this data.

11.  We do not hold this information.  We do not carry out fire tests - this is a matter for the Responsible Person.

12.  We do not hold this information.  We do not carry out fire tests.

13.  Please see the attached Template letter.  This was sent out to Responsible Persons in June 2017 after our Fire Safety Inspecting Officers contacted and met them to advise and assist after the Grenfell Tower fire.

14.  None, except for the letter mentioned in question 13 above.

15.  None.

16.  Annually in accordance with our Operational Risk Review.

17.  We recognise one building as a Tower Block for annual inspection.  This is Rivermead House, Derby.  The last inspection was on 3 April 2017.

18.  Our Protection department is working closely with those responsible for any building with six or more floors to assess if Fire Risk Assessments are suitable and sufficient. We have also co-ordinated visits to all buildings over six floors in Derbyshire to ensure that ORR’s have been completed for them and crews are familiar with access for fire service personnel, location and availability of water supplies etc.

19.  We do not carry out fire tests - this is a matter for the Responsible Person. We have not been informed by Responsible Persons or the Government of any tower blocks in our area (18m and above) found to contain combustible panels/material in fire tests.

REPORT xlsx 14.22 KB

HIGH RISE LETTER TEMPLATE pdf 102.64 KB