Frequently asked questions

This page was last updated 1 July 2021

If there is no immediate risk, why is remedial work necessary?

It is the view of Triathlon Homes and EVML that if the building cannot be issued with a valid EWS1 form, there are safety issues that need to be addressed.
The Building Regulations enhance the safety of the building and its occupants. While each block is different, many defects found show non-compliance with the Building Regulations and therefore increase the level of risk of fire spreading in the external walls. Please note, there are several mitigating factors the fire engineers take into consideration in determining the level of risk and safety, including the extent of fire barriers installed, whether the external fascia is non-combustible, and whether the building is protected by sprinklers.

What are you doing to ensure residents are safe?

EVML have taken advice from fire engineers and the London Fire Brigade, and have been told all the appropriate measures are in place to ensure residents remain safe at all times.

Timing of the work 

We are currently waiting for feedback from independent fire risk assessors. This will inform the scope of any work and/or mitigating measures to address the issues in the external wall system. EVML are separately getting feedback from a number of third parties to inform the next steps on the removal of ACM on the balconies in the non-sprinklered blocks.

When we have the information to answer this question, we’ll let you know as soon as possible. EVML are aware of the need to resolve the issues in a timely manner.

Can I stay in my home during the work? 

Yes,but it does sometimes happen that we discover, in scoping and planning the work, that we may need access to the interiors of some homes. If that is necessary we will discuss this with you beforehand.

I’m trying to sell or remortgage my home – how will this impact on that?

Leaseholders looking to sell, staircase or remortgage may be asked by their lender or potential buyer for a copy of the EWS1 form. For Sable House, this is available in our Important Documents section.

Leaseholders in Titian House may find that they will need to wait until this work is completed until they can get the paperwork to satisfy their lender or buyer. As soon as we have a timeline for this, we will inform residents.

What is the latest RICS EWS1 guidance for these buildings?

As Sable House and Titian Heights are both over 18m, they are not affected by recent changes to RICS guidance. They still require an EWS1 form.

How can I find out more?

We'll be updating these pages whenever there is new information.