Our experts have now concluded their investigations into the building materials used at Ada Lewis House. Both blocks have been awarded a B1 rated EWS1 form by the assessors. The form is available here.
How do I get information regarding what the building is made of?
We have received a number of requests for information regarding they type of build and the material used at Ada Lewis House. We are in the process of locating this information, and we are willing to share this with residents if it is available. However, some of the material may not be available to us.
What are you doing to ensure residents are safe?
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.
We have been advised that all the appropriate measures have been taken.
What should I do if there’s a fire?
In the event of the fire alarm being activated at Ada Lewis House, residents should "stay put" in their homes and wait for further instruction from the concierge or emergency services.
Will leaseholders be charged for the costs of any remedial work?
Your safety is our first priority. As a matter of principle we want to assure you that questions about how building safety remedial work is funded never stand in the way of us getting that work done.
For Ada Lewis House, we have now been awarded a B1 rated EWS1 form, which states that no remedial work is required at the property. Therefore, there will be no costs to leaseholders.
What is the latest RICS EWS1 guidance for this building?
“For buildings of five or six storeys, an EWS1 form should be required where:
There is a significant amount of cladding on the building (for the purpose of this guidance, approximately one quarter of the whole elevation estimated from what is visible standing at ground level is a significant amount).”
Whilst in Appendix B: EWS1 form decision tree, it states in Step 5 “Does the cladding cover more than a quarter of the full elevations of the building (including windows and doors as estimated from what is visible standing at ground level) OR is there any other reason it should be regarded as a significant amount?"
What about in circumstances where a building may only have cladding that is less than 25% of the whole building, but that cladding is significant in terms of being greater than 25% of one elevation or concentrated around an exit point?
Is the intention of the guidance note that this reference to a ‘significant amount’ is in relation to just a single façade or the whole building?
The RICS has advised that cladding that is on one quarter of all of the visible elevations, standing at ground level, equivalent to approximately one quarter of the whole building, is normally a significant amount.
For example, in considering whether there is a significant amount of cladding on a building, cladding that links multiple floors of a building or is around the main route of escape is likely to require remediation
As stated in the latest guidance, these criteria are guidance and professional judgement will need to be applied. RICS has received information that valuers will generally regard cladding that covers more than a quarter of any single elevation of the building (even if there is not cladding on a quarter of the whole building) as significant because this will link multiple floors and be more likely to require more expensive remediation. They have therefore amended the online decision tree to reflect this.
I’m trying to sell or remortgage my home – how will this impact on that?
Information for leaseholders looking to sell or remortgage can be found here.
How can I find out more?
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