Sprinklers fitted in Halifax high rises

Sprinklers fitted in Halifax high rises

THE SYSTEMS are being installed as part of fire safety improvements at a range of blocks in Calderdale.

In September, three tower blocks in the area were revealed to have seen fire safety improvements undertaken, with another phase about to get underway. The social housing blocks at Mixenden Court and Wheatley Court were ‘ruled to be unsafe’ having failed the government’s fire safety tests on cladding last year, and were said to have been found ‘unsafe’ by investigations post Grenfell, with a ‘more extensive’ sprinkler system needed.

The cladding removal and replacement has been completed, and now Halifax Courier has reported that the sprinkler systems are ‘now in place’ in the blocks, with the council remaining ‘committed to ongoing fire safety work’. Cabinet member for planning, housing and environment Daniel Sutherland said Grenfell ‘saw the whole nation reflecting on fire safety’, with the council undertaking a full fire safety review to ‘fully understand the position for the authority and partners in the housing sector’.

With the council having ‘reacted quickly’ to remove the cladding on the three towers, it worked together with Together Housing to fit sprinkler systems at all 16 high rises in Calderdale and a privately owned block in Mixenden, with Mr Sutherland adding that these were the ‘most effective safety measure’, and noting that ‘I hope that brings some comfort to the people of Calderdale who live or may have family living in those flats’.