Triathlon Homes has residents in two blocks of N14 - Asterid Heights and Festuca House.
Both 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 they were 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.
What steps have been taken at N14?
1. Inspections undertaken and completed
2. The initial findings of fire engineers have been received
3. EVML has asked for clarification on some of the findings before it can progress next steps. This information is expected imminently.
4. EVML has begun the specification and tender process
EVML is in the process of commissioning the work to prepare a specification and tender for the remedial work required. It has been engaging with their engineers about the best technical solutions and is looking at how to ensure minimum disruption to residents.
5. An initial application to the Building Safety Fund has been submitted.
Both of the blocks was registered for the Building Safety Fund in Summer 2020 and since then EVML have shared the additional information from the inspection reports with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
The MHCLG’s Building Safety Fund has approved Festuca House as eligible for the fund. This means that they have invited a more detailed application and EVML has begun preparing for this. At the moment this doesn’t guarantee that funding will be secured – it just means that Festuca House is technically eligible.
So far, the MHCLG has not undertaken the same eligibility check for Asterid Heights and we’ll let you know when we hear. We are concerned that despite the building defects, parts of the building will not meet the threshold for funding because some of the insulation materials are non-combustible. It is only in the lower brickwork where there is combustible insulation. EVML is seeking clarity on this.