Since the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017, the government has released a number of advice notes on building safety, particularly around tall buildings (defined as buildings over 18 metres high). This guidance requires, amongst other things, that building owners should understand the construction of the external walls, and how they may perform in the event of a fire.
To help leaseholders in tall buildings affected by the government guidance, UK Finance, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Building Societies Association devised the External Wall System1 form (EWS1 form) which is designed to provide a certificate to demonstrate that a building over 18 metres complies with the government guidance. The form is only designed to be completed for buildings over 18 metres tall and only by experienced professionals. Where it is appropriate to use the form, it will state whether the building meets the required standards for external spread of fire or identify where it does not. Where it does not, where this is within our control, we will be carrying out remedial works to bring buildings up to the standard required.
Southern Housing Group has an ongoing programme in place to check our buildings and carry out any work required to ensure that our buildings comply with the government guidance and, for our tall buildings, to provide an EWS1 form for each.
Due to the limited number of qualified people in the country who can carry out this work, and the high demand for their services at the moment, it is likely to take some time before we have completed the detailed and intrusive surveys needed for this purpose on all these buildings.
All our blocks, regardless of height, are currently subject to individual Fire Risk Assessments. If you require the assessment for your building please contact us.
You should expect to hear from us within a week of the closing date for the role. If you've applied online, we will probably contact you by email.
Please check your email account regularly, including your spam folders. If you aren’t successful, it will be because other candidates were identified as more closely matching our criteria. Please don't be put off from applying for other roles in the future.
We'll be investing a great deal of time in your development, so it's important we make sure we hire the right person.
We want to give you every opportunity to show us the skills and attributes you can bring to the role. So, as well as a competency based interview you may be asked to: complete some online tests that are relevant to the role; prepare and deliver a presentation to the interview panel; and complete a role related exercise.
We’ll give you plenty of notice so that you can prepare in advance.
We are committed to ensuring that all short listing, interviewing and selection will be carried out in line with the Equality Act 2010 and all applicants should feel secure that they will be treated fairly and equitably.
If you do consider yourself to have a disability we encourage you to indicate this in the relevant section of the application and we will endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments, should you be invited for interview.
We are committed to eliminating discrimination and valuing diversity within our workforce and recognise that discrimination is more likely to be experienced by particular groups in society.
The Group uses the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to help assess the suitability of applicants for specified positions of trust to ensure that precaution is taken in the recruitment of staff who will be working with vulnerable groups to help reduce security risk. Because of the nature of our work we sometimes require applicants for certain posts to undertake a DBS check.
When this is required it will be clearly stated on the person specification and job advertisement for the role and may be discussed with you at interview. Even spent convictions will need to be disclosed by applicants for some roles.