Government announces sprinkler review for high-rise homes

Thousands of residents will benefit from safer homes under proposals that would see sprinklers installed in new high-rise blocks of flats.

The new proposals are deemed an important step forward in the government’s commitment to ensuring residents are safe in their homes.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is consulting on reducing the building height for when sprinklers are required from the current 30 metres and above to 18 metres.

This is in addition to a new Protection Board being established immediately 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.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has made up to £10 million a year of funding available to support the Board who will provide expert, tailored building checks and inspections, if necessary, on all high-risk residential buildings in England by 2021.

He 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.”