This page was last updated 12 May 2021
Triathlon Homes has residents in one block of N13 - Burgundy House
Burgundy House is above 18m in height. The building was 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.
Investigations on Burgundy House identified some areas where work is required in order to meet the updated building regulations.
What steps have been taken at Burgundy House?
1. Completion of preliminary investigations on the building
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
The investigations unfortunately revealed that EVML needed to carry out some remedial work to Burgundy House to ensure that they comply with the government’s guidelines and can receive an EWS1 form at a B1 rating.
The preliminary investigation of Burgundy House identified imperfections of fit of the fire barriers due to gaps between barriers and the external wall cladding.
3. Consulted on and implemented fire-engineered solutions
EVML consulted with its fire risk assessors and the fire authority partners, and concluded that a new heat detection system was required within all homes. This was installed in April 2021, and is now fully operational. This allowed the 24-hour patrol ("Waking Watch") to be stood down on Friday 9 April.
4. 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?
Throughout this process, EVML has taken advice from the fire brigade and their fire safety engineers to make sure that your homes have always had the right additional precautions in place to ensure your safety in the event of a need to evacuate the buildings.
Now that the alarm system is fully fitted, the fire engineers have 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?
EVML has commissioned an engineer and designer to produce a fully costed specification that we can submit to the MHCLG Building Safety Fund ahead of the 30 June 2021 deadline.
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.