Compulsory sprinkler systems in Scottish social housing

Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has confirmed that legislation to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing is to be taken forward by the Scottish Government.

All new high-rise domestic buildings, whether private or social, with a floor over ‎18 metres must currently have automatic fire suppression systems fitted, but David Stewart’s proposal for a Members’ Bill to make it a legal requirement for all future new build social housing properties to be fitted with sprinkler systems is now likely to be implemented.

Stewart said: “I am very grateful to David Stewart for his work on bringing forward this important issue and gaining cross-party support for his proposal. I can confirm that the Scottish Government will implement the aim of Mr Stewart’s proposal and will bring forward legislation as soon as is practicable in this Parliamentary session.

“This is an opportunity to further improve standards in our social housing and this work will be taken forward alongside the recommendations of the two reviews of building standards and fire safety which we will consult on later this summer. I look forward to continuing to work together with David Stewart and the very many others who have contributed to date in order to see this legislation through.”