Triathlon Homes has residents in four blocks in plot N04 - Aurelia House, Rye Mansions, Titan House and Verna House.
All of the blocks are above 18m in height. The buildings were completed in 2012, and were certified as meeting all building and fire safety regulations at the time it was built.
In 2019, the government produced new guidance to check the safety of the external wall systems. As a result, building management teams across the country must now make sure all tall buildings are compliant with the guidance and safety defects are addressed.
Aurelia House and Titan House were given a B1 EWS rating in April 2021. The EWS1 forms are available in the Important Documents section.
Investigations on Rye Mansions and Verna House have concluded and have identified some areas where work is required in order to meet an adequate standard for fire safety.
What steps have been taken at N04?
1. Completion of investigations on all four blocks
EVML's experts have completed investigations into the building materials used within the blocks and the standard of the construction, and we have received the fire engineer’s findings.
2. Reviewed the preliminary findings
EVML has reviewed the findings. Aurelia House and Titan House were 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 Rye Mansions and Verna House to ensure that they comply with the government’s guidelines and can receive an EWS1 form at a B1 rating.
ACM has been found on the balconies throughout the plot. Further investigations are ongoing and EVML are liaising with the London Fire Brigade and their fire risk assessors about the appropriate solution.
3. The investigation showed that in Rye Mansions:
The area of the building with concrete cladding has well installed fire barriers at junctions with the floors and internal walls;
The exposure works identified fire barriers are in place, however, there are some gaps in coverage behind the aluminium spandrels (the area between windows), this is likely to require remediation;
4. In Verna House, investigations found that:
The area of the building with concrete cladding has generally well consolidated fire barriers at junctions with the floors and internal walls; there are some minor gaps that are not considered material; in one location there was evidence of poorly installed insulation;
There are some gaps in fire barrier coverage behind the aluminium panels between the windows and on level 2.
What are you doing to ensure residents are safe?
EVML have taken advice from the fire brigade and their 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 fire.
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 N04 plot.
EVML’s technical teams are looking at the mitigating measures required to give greater assurance on safety and are liaising with their fire risk assessors and the fire brigade on this. They are also looking at the options to remove the ACM from the balconies.
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.