Triathlon Homes has residents in three blocks of N03 - Festive Mansions, Lucia Heights and Samphire Heights.
All of these blocks are above 18m in height. The buildings were completed in 2012, and met all building and fire safety regulations at the time it was built.
In 2019, changes were made to building regulations. As a result, building management teams across the country must now make sure all buildings are compliant with these new regulations.
Festive Mansions was given a B1 EWS rating in April 2021. The EWS1 form is available in the Important Documents section.
Investigations on Lucia Heights and Samphire Heights have concluded and have identified some areas where work is required in order to meet the updated building regulations.
What steps have been taken at N03?
1. Completion of preliminary investigations on all three blocks
EVML's experts have completed preliminary investigations into the building materials used within the blocks, and we have received the engineer’s preliminary findings.
2. Reviewed the preliminary findings
EVML has reviewed the initial findings. On review of these, Festive Mansions was awarded an EWS1 form at a B1 rating. However, the findings have unfortunately revealed that EVML will need to carry out some remedial work to Lucia Heights and Samphire Heights to ensure that they comply with the government’s guidelines and can receive an EWS1 form at a B1 rating.
3. The preliminary investigation showed that in Lucia Heights:
Although fire barriers are in place, there are some gaps in coverage behind the aluminium spandrels (the area between windows) and some missing barriers within the aluminium cladding at Level 1;
The area of the building with concrete cladding has well installed fire barriers at junctions with the floors and internal walls
4. In Samphire Heights investigations found that:
The precast concrete construction complies with regulations, and no remedial works are required;
The building features aluminium window panels which contain combustible material, and the inspection showed that fire barriers are missing in this construction feature;
The aluminium cladding on Level 01 had missing vertical fire barriers;
Further investigation is required on the balconies throughout the plot. The engineers stated that no combustible materials should be stored on the balconies
5. Ensured that applications are made for all available government funding
A initial application has been made to the Building Safety Fund via EVML and we are waiting to hear about the success of this application. EVML is managing this process, and we will communicate updates to residents as soon as we have them.
What are you doing to ensure residents are safe?
While we help EVML with their consultations and get on with the work itself, we have taken advice from the fire brigade and our fire safety engineers to make sure that your homes have the right additional precautions in place to ensure your safety in the event of a need to evacuate the buildings.
The fire engineers stated that no additional interim safety measures are required, and there is no immediate risk to residents or their properties.
All our fire alarms are monitored 24/7 by trained staff in the on-site control room.
What happens next?
We are currently taking legal and technical advice regarding the reports into the N03 plot.
We are looking at undertaking the extra remedial work required at Lucia Heights and Samphire Heights from June 2021, and are hopeful that this will lead to a B1 EWS1 rating by Autumn 2021
We will be communicating with you regularly about progress - please make sure we have your most up to date email address so that we can send you updates, particularly if you are a non-resident landlord.
We will keep this microsite updated with information as this becomes available.