Sue Shaw, Director of Homes, Neighbourhoods and Regeneration, said: “Firstly, we extend our deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic incident in Kensington.
“We take the safety and wellbeing of our residents extremely seriously and all our tower blocks are fitted with many fire-safety measures, including mains connected smoke alarms and fire doors that considerably exceed the statutory requirements. We take these legislative responsibilities relating to the prevention of, and escape from, fire extremely seriously.
“We also take an individual approach to vulnerable residents, working closely with colleagues in the Fire Brigade to tailor specific measures to keep people safe. Our policies, processes and fire risk assessments are all up to date; designed by our dedicated Fire Safety Manager, a fully qualified Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers, as well as external consultants and we undergo regular external audits.
“It is important that we do not speculate on the causes or spread of the fire at Grenfell until the full facts are known. I can confirm that we have not used the same cladding system as reported to have been used at Grenfell.
“We concentrate hard on fire prevention, and are never complacent. We have a learning approach to incidents, and when there is clarity about the causes of the Kensington fire we will formally consider whether there are additional measures that we can add to further improve our already-compliant position.
“I would encourage any residents to speak to their housing officers, who are regularly in the area, if they have any further questions.”
Block fire safety measures
- Fitted with a minimum of 30 minute fire doors
- All PCH homes are fitted with 60 minute fire doors in tower blocks (law requires 30 mins)
- Mains wired smoke detectors/alarms
- Individual fire risk assessments for each block
- Non-combustible Rockwool insulation used in cladding on tower blocks
- Regular management inspections
- External consultant advice on Fire Safety