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?
We have taken advice from fire engineers and the London Fire Brigade, and have been told that we have all the appropriate measures in place to ensure that residents remain safe at all times.
What are the proposed timelines for the work?
We are scoping and planning the work right now, so it is not possible to give an exact time for when the remedial work will start, but we are currently looking for work to begin in the summer of 2021. We will share the exact details of the works with you as soon as we can. This is a complex process involving further detailed inspections, scoping the exact work and tendering for contractors whilst we ensure that we work in a Covid-safe way for everyone.
Can I stay in my home during the work?
Yes, we think so. Due to the nature of the work needed, we think it is likely that we will be able to carry out the work without the need to move anyone out of their homes. 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 these findings 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 Festive Mansions, this is available in our Important Documents section.
Leaseholders in Lucia Heights and Samphire Heights 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 all of the blocks in N03 are 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.