Fire risk stairwell screens removed
THE SCREENS on the stairwell landings of 13 multi storey high rises in Inverclyde are ‘potentially dangerous’, and are being replaced by fire rated screens.
Greenock Telegraph reported on the removal of the screens as part of a £2.5m investment scheme on the high rises managed by River Clyde Homes in Inverclyde, which will also see the 13 towers fitted with smoke alarms and sprinkler systems in an effort to ‘increase fire safety’. Tenants were informed of upgrades by the housing association in a letter, with the existing screens having met building regulations when installed.
The news outlet added that housing chiefs had specified that the work was to ensure the screens ‘meet the standards brought in subsequently’, with senior programme manager Brian Hughes stating: ‘High rise living remains a popular choice in Inverclyde and this work, to install fire rated landing area screens, forms part of a major £2.5m investment programme to enhance safety across the multi-storey estate.
‘The works also include the installation of smoke detection systems in all communal areas, upgrading of communal doors, lighting and installation of sprinkler systems in bin room areas is being carried out following as part of an ongoing improvement programme to ensure customer safety. All customers have been informed of works taking place in their homes as the programme progresses.
‘Once complete the 13 multi-storey blocks managed by River Clyde Homes will be amongst some of the most safety compliant in Scotland.’