Housing association to carry out type 4 FRAs

Housing association to carry out type 4 FRAs

METROPOLITAN THAMES Valley said that it would conduct the ‘most intrusive’ fire risk assessments (FRAs) on some of its properties after an ‘in-depth review’.

Inside Housing reported on the announcement by the company, which was formed after a merger in October 2018 between Metropolitan and Thames Valley. With over 57,000 homes under its responsibility, the company said it would carry out Type 4 FRAs on sheltered accommodation, extra care schemes and all of its buildings in which it has a stay put policy in place.

Metropolitan, before the merger, had made Type 3 FRAs standard in buildings with communal areas in October 2017 after the review, but has now introduced the Type 4 policy. The new plan will cover all legacy properties in both previous companies’ portfolios, with the joint organisation also launching a £100m framework for fire safety procurement, including finding assessors to carry out and review Type 3 and 4 FRAs.

Mark Everard, executive director of property at Metropolitan Thames Valley, said: ‘Following the Grenfell tragedy, alongside other organisations in the sector, we carried out an in-depth review of our buildings and procedures, contractor management and risk assessments. Following that review, we made a significant investment last year in making Metropolitan stock both safer and better to live in.

‘This investment included the implementation of a more extensive fire risk assessment policy, increasing the frequency and the scope of our fire risk assessments.’