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?
Our fire engineers have completed a report based on the existing investigations previously carried out at the property, including their own on site inspections. The purpose of this exercise was to help to clarify and assess the remedial works required at Burney House.
The Group will need to re-tender for the works under the new project requirements. Once we have received the tenders back, the Group will review and advise residents as to the outcome of this
The Group will send you a Notice of Estimates (NOE) letter providing you with the estimated costs and the potential winning contractor
After the Section 20 NOE letter has expired the Group will award the contract to the winning contractor and contact you with further details, including start dates.
Timing of the work
We are currently in the process of planning the works that are required, and will be able to give a clear idea of the timescales as soon as the contract has been awared.
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?
We will not need to ask residents to leave their homes in order to complete the works. We have been able to assess the current standards of the internal compartmentation and are confident that we can complete the works from the communal spaces
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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