Association completes £5m sprinkler installation

The group took the decision after consulting with tenants and fire safety experts post-Grenfell.

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ForViva Group has completed a multi-million-pound investment to retro-fit sprinklers in more than 1,300 homes in Salford and Knowsley.

The fire-saferty measures have been implemented into all seventeen of ForViva’s high rise blocks, as well as in the apartments communal areas, bin rooms and scooter storage facilities.

In addition, installation of larger water tanks has been announced by the group with the sprinkler system having its own separate booster water supply.

ForViva are said to have taken the decision after consulting with tenants, fire safety experts and regional fire and rescue services.

Each tenant living in the blocks received an induction before work started and received ongoing support to keep them updated throughout the process.

Peter Memory, 68, lives with his wife Carol-Ann, 67, at College Croft, a 15-storey high-rise block of sheltered accommodation in Eccles, Salford.

He said: “Seeing what happened to people living at Grenfell Tower was an extremely worrying time for many people living in high-rise blocks.

“I understood why my neighbours and other people living in blocks like mine were worried and felt unsafe.

“One of the biggest factors in helping people living in our block feel safe after Grenfell has been installing sprinklers.

He added: “Even though we were reassured that the block was safe and action was taken to replace cladding really quickly, I felt that ForViva made the right decision in agreeing to fit sprinklers to all their high-rise blocks.”

On the completion, Colette McKune, Group Deputy Chief Executive at ForViva, said that the safety of tenants and their peace of mind is the groups “top priority”.

“We took the decision to remove cladding on affected blocks and install sprinklers, not because we lacked confidence in our existing fire safety arrangements, which we had immediately reviewed, but because we knew some tenants did not feel safe in their homes”, he said.

“We worked closely with regional fire and rescue services after Grenfell, but on a national level we felt clear guidance on regulations would take some time.

“We listened to tenants and their concerns and felt we had to act decisively.

“We undertook this work not only to provide additional reassurance to tenants, but because we believed it was the right thing to do”, McKune added.

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