Flat Safety in Angus

Important message from the Strategic Director – Place, Alan McKeown

In the wake of the catastrophic incident at Grenfell Tower in West London last week, we have conducted a comprehensive review of our domestic properties. The safety and security of our residents is always our top priority and we can assure the public that we constantly ensure our buildings meet the required standards and regulations. We also work continually with colleagues in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to review our fire safety and prevention measures.

There are no domestic buildings with a floor level above18m in Angus, either in the ownership of Angus Council or Registered Social Landlords. We have a number of five and four storey buildings. While several of these blocks have been over-clad in the last 20 years it is important to note that the external wall insulation systems that have been used are mechanically fixed directly to the existing non-combustible cement rendered building finish with no air gap. All of our over-cladded buildings were designed to comply with Scottish Building Regulations and have been subject to building warrant approval, detailed design and specifications showing compliance with regulations and an inspection regime. We also install sprinkler systems in all of our new-build houses.

While our initial assessments have provided us with assurances, our practice following any local or national incident is always to comprehensively review our arrangements and consider any improvements or actions needed. Officers from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be part of this review. They already have robust emergency response plans in place, with location specific plans for the five storey blocks and we will jointly assess any need to have these updated.

Please also see angus.gov for latest news

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