Fire safety update

 

29 June 2017Image: optivo logo
The safety of our residents is extremely important to Optivo and we are doing everything we can to review our approach to fire safety.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have written to all housing associations.

They’ve asked us to identify whether any panels used in new build or refurbishment are of a particular type of cladding made of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM). Information about all our homes has been sent to DCLG as requested.
 
We own or manage 98 occupied blocks of six storeys or above.
 
Of the 98 blocks:
  • None of the blocks are fully clad with ACM
  • None of our blocks have the same cladding systems to Grenfell Tower
  • Four blocks have partial aluminium cladding (less than 20% of the buildings facades). We're arranging tests to check the safety of the cladding system used. All residents will be notified about the tests and we will keep them fully informed. 
  • We've reviewed Fire Risk Assessments for all our high rise blocks, student accommodation, care homes, retirement schemes, key worker schemes and hostels
  • We've held meetings with residents where particular concerns have been raised about the safety of their homes. These meetings have also included Fire Authority and Local Authority representatives
  • We've contacted the Fire Service to confirm there are no changes to evacuation or stay-put policies for all our blocks. We've checked signage to ensure that it is correct.
  • We’ll review the fire protection systems in all our high rise buildings. Residents living in these buildings will be involved in any decisions affecting their blocks.
Some of the figures may change as the investigation progresses and tests are completed. We will continue to regularly update our website to keep you informed.

We’ve produced an advice sheet for residents which looks at fire safety. You can find a link to it here: