Vantage Building, Hayes Fire Safety Update

31 March 2021 update

In December 2018, the Government issued Advice Note 14 which provides guidance to owners of buildings above 18m, which Vantage Building is, to take “general fire precautions” in their buildings and to make sure that external wall systems are “safe”. The definition of “safe” in the Advice Note is two-fold. First, all materials must be safely installed and maintained. Second, the external wall systems (including cladding and insulation) must contain materials that are of limited combustibility or be a system that has achieved the Building Research Establishment’s BR 135 classification.

Mortgage lenders now require confirmation that buildings are compliant with Advice Note 14 and request an EWS1 form, showing what assessment has been carried out for the external wall construction of residential apartment buildings where the highest floor is 18m or more above ground level or where specific concerns exist.

The managing agent therefore requested that a survey be undertaken so that EWS1 forms could be issued to those leaseholders intending to sell their flats. The managing agent has advised that the EWS1 survey has been issued with a B2 rating meaning that ‘an adequate standard of fire safety is not achieved’.  The fire engineer acting on behalf of the managing agent has recommended no additional interim fire safety measures  are required whilst the solution to remedy the flagged issues are designed.  The exact extent of works required has yet to be confirmed.