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Fire Safety Resident Engagement Strategy Project

13 June 2019
Peter Hedges from the National Residents’ Scrutiny Panel

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, the government commissioned a report to make recommendations for future building regulations and fire safety.

The report, ‘Building a Safer Future – Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ (known as the Hackitt review), was published in May 2018, and focuses on high rise residential buildings of 10 storeys or more.

As part of fire safety activity and in response to the report’s recommendations, we are working with the National Residents’ Scrutiny Panel (NRSP) to develop a new ‘Fire Safety Community of Interest’ led by resident Peter Hedges (pictured above).

The community of interest will be made up of residents from a range of our high rise residential blocks across the country, piloting an approach to resident engagement strategies that can be used nationally.

It will be supported by staff from across Sanctuary Group with expertise including health and safety, fire safety, housing management, maintenance and reinvestment, communications and regulation.

This pilot will be completed by the end of 2019 and will focus on different types of buildings and involve a diverse range of residents.

We will be starting the conversation with residents on these estates shortly, hearing about their expectations of how they want to be communicated with about aspects of fire safety that affect their home, and address the recommendations of the Hackitt review.

What we learn from the pilot will put us in a strong position to roll-out the approach nationwide during 2020.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact scrutiny@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.


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