Council fire safety tenders double post Grenfell

Council fire safety tenders double post Grenfell

THE NUMBER of councils tendering for fire safety work ‘shot up’ in the year since the fire, according to statistics.

LocalGov reported on the figures from public sector marketplace specialists Tussell, who stated that local government buyers ‘published twice as many’ fire safety tenders in the last year compared to the year before, with a 39% increase in the number of tenders published relating to fire safety. These cover ‘all aspects’ of fire safety work such as inspecting or installing smoke alarms, fire doors and sprinkler systems, as well as ‘carrying out general consultancy and maintenance’.

The local government sector saw the ‘biggest increase’ in fire safety tenders in the public sector in the last year, with council buyers issuing 98 tenders compared to 53 by schools, universities and other institutions. Housing associations issued 39 tenders, the NHS 20 tenders and central government 11 tenders, with the total number up 56% from 142 to 221 issued.

Tussell’s founder Gus Tugendhat commented: ‘It is heartening to see that Grenfell has prompted long overdue investment in fire safety across the public sector, especially in local government. Grenfell was a terrible tragedy but there may be at least one ray of light in that it has prompted local government and the public sector as a whole to look at fire safety that bit more carefully.’