Fire safety in Brent

This page was last updated on 14 November 2017.

Key facts and actions taken since Grenfell Tower fire

Following the Grenfell Tower Fire on Wednesday 14 June 2017, Brent Council and Brent Housing Partnership moved quickly to carry out extra checks to provide reassurance to residents living in high rise blocks.

Despite the fact that all 37 high rise blocks are fully compliant, have up-to-date Fire Risk Assessments and are up to standard, Brent Council was one of the first councils in London to vote through a plan (on 10 July) to earmark £10m for a package of enhanced fire safety measures, such as sprinklers, smoke detectors and fire alarms for high rise blocks.

A number of public meetings have taken place to give affected residents the chance to ask questions of housing providers and fire safety experts to allay any concerns they may have. There will also be further opportunities at a series of upcoming meetings.

Brent Council continues to liaise with housing providers and the Department for Communities and Local Government and will update the page with more information as it becomes available. 

Government tests on cladding


Since the Grenfell tower fire, the government has been carrying out tests on cladding and wall systems used on high rise blocks, which are similar to that which was used at Grenfell, a material called Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).

Of Brent Council’s 37 high rise blocks, only the three blocks at Watling Gardens has used cladding, however the material used is called Rockwool and has a mineral-based render which is incombustible and will not burn and - importantly - is a completely different material to ACM. There are no Brent Council blocks clad in ACM and no council block has failed a government safety test.

There are however blocks in the borough of Brent that have used ACM and have failed government safety tests on cladding materials and wall systems.

Information on what blocks are affected are detailed below in the ‘Housing providers in the borough and fire safety latest’ section. 

Brent Council high rise blocks


Brent Council has 37 high-rise blocks, listed below, all of which have up-to-date fire-risk assessments and are fully fire-risk compliant. Click the block below to view its Fire Risk Assessment.

Registered housing providers


 In addition to the extensive double checks carried out on council blocks, the Government has asked other registered providers of social housing to identify whether any panels used in new build or refurbished blocks are a particular type of cladding made of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).

If you are a tenant with one of the registered housing providers, which operate in Brent, please visit their website for the latest information on fire safety where you live.

So far the council has been provided with the following updates by registered housing providers on high rise blocks in the borough which are not owned or managed by the council:

Registered providerHigh rise Fire Risk assessment in placeNumber of high rise blocksUpdate
Catalyst Yes, all are being reviewed 9

Three blocks are cladded and one has partial cladding. One block uses ACM. 

Catalyst Housing’s Dan Court building at 5 Lakeside Drive, London, NW10 7FR has failed the government’s cladding wall system fire safety test. The London Fire Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) Fire Inspector has stated that he has not seen anything that would require them to change their fire safety strategy for the building. The building has individual detectors in each home. Detectors in the communal areas also activate an AOV (Automatic Opening Vents) system. Residents have been informed and are being kept up to date as things progress.

Brent Council has also been informed that Catalyst’s Merle Court on Carlton Vale, has also failed a government safety test. As with the other providers who have had blocks fail these tests, an independent Fire Engineer and local Fire Officer have since inspected the property and concluded that because of the measures in place at Merle Court, no change to the fire strategy for the building is required.

Peabody (formerly Family Mosaic)

Both blocks are part of the Quintain Estates development and not managed by Peabody.  

The last FRA assessments took place in:
Quadrant Court – January 2017
Forum House – November 2016

 

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Quadrant Court and Forum House, both in Wembley are the only two high rise blocks that Peabody have properties in – both of which are owned and managed by Quintain who have primary responsibility for fire safety in these buildings.  

Quintain have confirmed that one of those buildings, Forum House on Empire Way in Wembley, has failed a government cladding safety test. The private housing provider has since been in touch with the London Fire Brigade, who have confirmed they are satisfied with the building management regime and fire measures in place and have informed residents of the block accordingly.

Genesis All blocks have FRA from May or July 2016 10 No ACM cladding identified in Brent blocks but a review is underway of all existing buildings and new developments
Homegroup N/A Homegroup do not have any high-rise blocks 0  Homegroup do not have any high-rise blocks
Hyde Housing Yes 11 Only one of Hyde’s 11 high rise blocks in the borough is cladded - 75-115 Shakespeare Road, Harlesden, NW10 8EY – however this is not clad in ACM and has not been subject to any of the government’s safety tests.
Innisfree N/A - Innisfree do not have any high-rise blocks. 0 Innisfree do not have any high-rise blocks.
Inquilab N/A - Inquilab do not have any high-rise blocks. 0 Inquilab do not have any high-rise blocks.
L&Q Group Yes - updated June 2017. 15  

L&Q has been informed that the cladding used on its blocks at George House and Swift House in South Kilburn, has failed the Government’s safety testing of their cladding samples and wall system used. The London Fire Brigade has since carried out a site visit and have advised that they do not believe that the blocks are a high risk, as all fire safety systems required in the building are in place. They have also advised that no risks were identified that would warrant decanting the premises.

Brent Council has contacted the owners of these buildings to ensure that have kept their residents up-to-date with any further developments and have requested details on any planned remedial works.

Metropolitan Yes 3 Metropolitan has three high rise blocks in Brent - one block at Addis Court, Chapter Road, NW1 5AG and two blocks at Chalkhill Road, HA9 9FX.

Metropolitan have confirmed that none of their blocks across the country are clad in ACM.
Network Homes Yes 23
18 blocks have cladding but as of 1 August 2017, there are no known ACM failure.
Notting Hill Housing Yes - completed in October 2016 1 Notting Hill Housing have one high-rise block at 1-73 Williams Way, HA0 2FP. The block is 7 storeys and has no cladding.
Octavia Housing Yes 2

Elizabeth House, 341 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AQ, which is owned and managed by Octavia Housing, has failed the Government’s safety testing of their cladding samples and wall system. However, following an extensive check of the building the London Fire Brigade has advised Octavia that Elizabeth House does not require evacuation nor immediate removal of cladding.

Brent Council has contacted Octavia to ensure that have kept their residents up-to-date with these latest results and to request details on any planned remedial works.

King Edward Court, Elm Road, HA9 7DQ is brick clad. This is completely different to ACM cladding.

Origin Housing N/A - Origin Housing do not have any high-rise blocks 0 Origin Housing do not have any high-rise blocks
Paradigm Housing N/A 0

We have been informed by the Government that the cladding used at Hornby Court in Willesden, NW10 2AZ, a block owned and managed by Paradigm Housing, has failed the government’s safety tests of cladding and wall system used. However, following an extensive check of the building, the London Fire Brigade has advised Paradigm that Hornby Court does not require evacuation.

Brent Council has contacted Paradigm Housing to ensure that they keep their residents up-to-date with developments and to request details on any planned remedial works.

Paradigm have since confirmed that Hornby Court is 17.375m in height, below the 18m threshold for carrying out tests. This means that although tested, Hornby Court is not considered a high rise block for fire safety purposes. 

Private housing


Quintain have confirmed that cladding that covers around 5 per cent of one of its buildings, Forum House on Empire Way in Wembley, has failed a government cladding safety test.

The private housing provider has since been in touch with the London Fire Brigade, who have confirmed they are satisfied with the building management regime and fire measures in place and have informed residents of the block accordingly.

Student housing


So far the council has been notified that two student buildings in Brent, which are not owned or managed by the council, have failed the Government’s cladding tests:

Victoria Hall, Wembley, HA9 0UU - Host Wembley, which owns Victoria Hall have been informed that a sample of the cladding used on the building has failed a government safety test. As with other blocks in Brent mentioned above, the London Fire Brigade have visited the block and advised that no immediate action such as decanting the block is necessary given the fire safety measures in place.

Unite Students, 25 Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0FR  - Unite Students has been informed that their cladding wall system has failed the government’s fire safety test. As a new build, the block is equipped with fire safety systems which include sprinklers, dry risers, smoke and fire detectors, and as such the London Fire Brigade have advised during a visit to the block that no evacuation of the premises is necessary. 

Public meetings


Three public meetings with local MP’s, representatives from Brent Council, Brent Housing Partnership, relevant housing providers and the London Fire Brigade were arranged in the fortnight following the Grenfell Tower fire to give residents the opportunity to ask any questions and allay any fear they had.

In addition to this, a series of meetings for those living in high rise blocks in Brent were also arranged and have taken place.  

London Fire Brigade advice


Fire prevention

You are far less likely to have a fire in your home if you have received a home fire safety visit. That is why the London Fire Brigade offers them for free. Home fire safety visits can take place any day of the week, at any time that is convenient for you.

Product recalls and faulty electrical appliances

The London Fire Brigade has issued guidance to Londoners on how to prevent fires caused by faulty electrical appliances. There are steps that you can take immediately to guard against fire in electrical appliances.

The Government has also said a Hotpoint fridge freezer has been identified as the initial source of the Grenfell Tower fire. Consumers who believe they may own a Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP (white) or FF175BG (grey) should call Whirlpool’s freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 or visit the Hotpoint Service website to register your details for further updates.

What to do in the event of a fire and the ‘stay put unless’ policy

In the event of a fire in your block the advice of the London Fire Brigade is to ‘stay put unless’ and call 999. It’s understandable that this advice has received attention after the Grenfell Tower Fire. The London Fire Brigade continues to offer this safety advice and provides context on its website.

The ‘stay put unless’ advice is there because there are safety measures in place to stop a fire spreading if it breaks out in your building. If heat or smoke is affecting you, or if the fire breaks out inside your own flat, the advice is to leave the property. 

 

Fire safety information for blocks 

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