Why are you replacing the ceiling level fire breaks?
The fire breaks are intended to ensure that if a fire breaks out in a building it is contained to the area where it started. The fire breaks at Burney House aren't functioning properly and need to be replaced to ensure the building is fully compliant with guidelines.
Does this mean my home is not safe?
The government’s building safety guidelines are there to ensure that buildings are built to safe standards. We are working closely with the local fire authority to make sure they are happy with the current fire safety precautions at Burney House. These include a communal fire alarm and the evacuation policy in the event of a fire.
The fire authority has indicated that we are doing the right thing in regard to fire safety. However, it is important that we carry out the remedial works to the fire breaks to make sure that the building fully complies with all the safety guidelines.
What stage are we at with the programme of work?
We have some further preliminary work to do. A specialist consultant has been asked to carry out this preliminary planning work including creating floor plans and a detailed specification of the work needed so that at the appropriate point during the consultation, suitable contractors can submit competitive tenders for the works. We will share summaries of these tenders and you will be able to read and assess these.
Timing of the work
We are in the detailed scoping and planning stage right now, so it is not possible to give an exact time for when the work will start. We should be able to share the exact details of the works with you within the next three months. Once the work begins, it may take around 18 months in total to complete. It is likely that it will be done in phases.
Will leaseholders be charged for the costs of this work?
We are intending to recover the reasonable costs of this improvement work from leaseholders following the consultation process set out in section 20 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
We do not have an exact estimate of the working cost to give you right now but we are pushing forward to get the fuller picture of the work needed and the likely costs involved. We will share this with you as soon as we can.
It is important to remember that the legal consultation process, under section 20, is designed to give leaseholders a clear opportunity to consider the details of the proposed works and to provide your feedback. We will follow this process and consult with you before work starts. We are committed to being transparent and to giving you as much information as we can at each stage.
As a matter of principle, however, we want to assure you that questions of how building safety work will be funded never stand in the way of getting the work done. Your safety is our first priority.
Can I stay in my home during the work?
Due to the nature of the work needed, we think it is possible that we may have to ask you to move out of your home for a short period of time. We understand that this is never good news to receive and we will do what we can to avoid this. However, it is the right thing to do to let you know that this is a possibility. We will give you as much notice and support as possible if the extent of the work means that this is the safest option for you. Supporting you with this temporary move, if it is necessary, will be part of what we will talk to you about when we consult with you about the work.
What should I do if there’s a fire?
If a there is a fire in the building, please evacuate immediately. We would like to remind you that he fire safety strategy has recently changed. Please see the latest Fire Safety Procedure for more information.
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