Sprinklers proposed for ‘every’ Solihull council high rise

Sprinklers proposed for ‘every’ Solihull council high rise

A FEASIBILITY report commissioned by Solihull Council that looked into retrofitting sprinklers in all of the council’s high rises ‘confirmed it can be done’.

Solihull Observer reported on the report’s findings that fitting sprinklers ‘in all high-rise blocks in Solihull’ had confirmed ‘it can be done’, with the report commissioned post Grenfell by the council. As a result of the report’s conclusions, the council said it was ‘now discussing how to install’ the systems with a technical team at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service (WMFRS).

The news outlet also pointed out that ‘subject to funding’ the remedial work could ‘start this year’, though the council stated that it wants the government to ‘provide the cash’, with the apartments affected those managed by Solihull Community Housing. The report was undertaken by the council’s finance manager Karen Cranley for Karen Grinsell, the council’s portfolio holder for health.

The report stated that the council ‘has 37 high-rise buildings’, and during last year Solihull Community Housing had ‘commissioned a feasibility study to assess whether sprinklers could be retro-fitted’ in the blocks. As a result of the study, the report ‘confirmed this can be done’, with feedback ‘expected’ from WMFRS ‘in approximately four weeks time’.