This page was last updated 11 April 2022
Parkside, also known as the Clock Tower, is a development that measures under 18m in height and forms part of phase 2 of our Building Safety Programme.
For this purpose, buildings are measured in line with building regulations. The building regulations measure from the floor height of the top floor living space down to the lowest point the building meets the ground. At Parkside, there is no underground space so this is at street level, giving a highest point of 16.15m.
Initial External Wall Surveys were completed in June 2021. We received the findings in early September, and these are summarised here. We have reported these findings to residents, and the presentation can be found here.
These results have shown that under the guidance of the time, some blocks at Parkside will require remedial work in order to allow them to have an EWS1 form issued to them. We are currently working with fire assessors to understand what this means for each building. We are also engaging with the original developer of the buildings with a view to obtaining legal recourse for any work that is completed.
What happens next?
As our Building Safety Programme moves forward, we will keep in contact with all Parkside residents on a block-by-block basis to advise them of what is happening, and what they can expect.
Residents may be aware of a number of announcements that have been made over recent months regarding changes to the way that buildings are assessed. The Government has withdrawn their previous guidance in favour of an industry standard known as PAS 9980 guidance, and this has been developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI). It replaces the previous government guidance that has been in place since January 2020, this new approach has been adopted by RICS and the Government and one reason for its introduction is that it gives an increase in the flexibility allowed when investigating a building for the purpose of gaining an EWS1 form.
The Group’s consultant, Oakleaf, has been carrying out intrusive fire risk assessments over the past few weeks. Based on these intrusive surveys, Oakleaf has verbally indicated that some EWS1 ratings may change from a B2 to a B1. We cannot, currently, confirm which buildings this applies to, as the group have yet to receive the amended FRAs, to confirm the updated EWS1 rating. Once we have received this, we will be able to come out to each building to clarify their individual building rating.
Where buildings remain with a B2 rating the Group will have a few options available:
1. We will re-engage with Higgins with the updated findings and discuss potential remediation to the individual building concerned.
2. If further investigation is required, the Group will re-inspect the building following the updated PAS9980 guidance. PAS9980 requires us to complete an external wall fire risk assessment. This allows the consideration of other building factors such as, compartmentation and fire alarms when assessing the external make-up of the wall. Unfortunately, because of the stringent and firm requirements of the previous EWS1 survey guidance, the assessors were not able to do this.
3. Determined by the level of remedial works, the Group will look to communicate the works and potential costs and determine the next steps, this will be done in consultation with residents to discuss possible actions such as completion of work
You told me my building has already been granted B1 status. Can I have a copy of the form?
We have had a number of residents contacting us in relation to obtaining an EWS1 form for the buildings that had been rated B1 in the original assessments. We have requested these from the fire assessor, and have asked them to prioritise their release. As soon as the forms are sent to us, we will email all leaseholders with a copy, and make the form available in the Important Documents section.
The reassessment for the B2 blocks will NOT impact on the rating for those blocks already assessed as having a B1 rating.