High-rise flats to get more sprinklers, says government

‘1,000s of residents’ are soon to live in safer homes thanks to new proposals that’ll lead to sprinklers being installed in new high-rise block of flats, the government reckons.

The UK’s ruling regime is now consulting ‘on reducing the building height for when sprinklers are required from the current 30 metres (approximately 10 floors) and above to 18 metres (approximately 6 floors) or other relevant thresholds’.

Furthermore, a new ‘protection board’ is being created with the Home Office and National Fire Chiefs Council ‘to provide further reassurance to residents of high-risk residential blocks that any risks are identified and acted upon’. 

And the kindly communities secretary has made up to £10 million a year of funding available to support this new board, which the government believes will ‘provide expert, tailored building checks and inspections, if necessary, on all high-risk residential buildings in England by 2021’.

The board will operate until a new building safety regulator can be cobbled together to oversee the new regulatory regime for buildings and legislation.

Apparently, the outfit's work will ensure building owners are acting on the latest safety advice and keeping residents updated and that interim measures are in place in all buildings with unsafe alumin'ium composite material (ACM) cladding'.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: ‘Residents’ safety is our utmost priority and we are making vital improvements to ensure buildings are safe.

‘I have listened to concerns on sprinklers from residents and building owners and our proposals are an important step forward in shaping the future building safety standards.

‘The new protection board will make sure building owners don’t flout the rules, as well as ensuring fire safety risks in other buildings are being addressed.’

How very reassuring and caring, I’m sure you’ll agree.

And here’s the government’s press release for your government press release collection.