Three years have now passed since the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower which resulted in 72 people losing their lives.
There are many things we have learnt after the fire, one that stands out was that the residents had expressed fears about fire safety.
Since the fire, Sanctuary has had an increased focus on its own approach to building safety to ensure the Group is well prepared for the Government’s new building safety regime.
Over the past three years, Sanctuary has put in place additional mechanisms to engage and listen to residents. The Group became an early adopter of the National Housing Federation’s Together with Tenants plan, and launched its own consultation with residents about the fire safety information they want and how we can develop engagement strategies for their buildings that meet their needs.
The Group has established a dedicated building safety project, led by Sanctuary’s Health and Safety team and its fire technicians. The project is analysing Government guidance and regulations and recommending solutions. It’s focussed on resident engagement; creating a ‘golden thread’ of fire and structural safety information for our buildings; developing our culture; and ensuring people have the right skills and qualifications.
The project working group is currently concentrating on:
- A resident engagement strategy to enhance ways in which we engage and consult with residents on fire safety
- Planning and delivering in-house training solutions
- Enhancing existing learning and development
- Completing a gap analysis and mapping of processes on building safety data
- Looking at a building safety data strategy – a mechanism to report on data, and a solution to link and create reports
- Overseeing the continued installation, and upgrading, of sprinklers in our tower blocks and other buildings.
Sanctuary’s in-house fire technician team is now fully established and empowered to assess fire safety risks and take swift action to mitigate them as and when necessary. In addition, the Group continue to receive further advice on all matters related to fire safety through its strong partnership with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Craig Moule, Sanctuary Group Chief Executive, said: “It’s almost three years to the day since the Grenfell Tower fire which continues to haunt all connected to the social housing sector. Our thoughts and condolences remain with everyone affected by the tragedy.
“Safety is our number one priority and we are committed to working with residents and other partners to ensure our homes are the safest they can be, and the events of Grenfell never happen again.”
Residents can read more information about fire safety by visiting our dedicated fire safety page.