Sprinklers to be fitted in new Scottish social housing

Sprinklers to be fitted in new Scottish social housing

THE SCOTTISH government has confirmed that it will back plans to make sprinkler installation mandatory in all new social housing.

Third Force News reported on the confirmation from the Scottish government of the move, which was introduced by Highlands and Island MSP David Stewart in a member’s bill at the Scottish parliament ‘calling for legislation to make it a legal requirement for all future new build social housing properties to be fitted with sprinkler systems’.

Every high rise built in the country since 2005 has been required by law to have sprinklers, but ‘there has been no obligation on councils or social landlords to fit the systems in older tower blocks, or other types of property’.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: ‘I am very grateful to David Stewart for his work on bringing forward this important issue and gaining cross-party support for his proposal. I can confirm that the Scottish Government will implement the aim of Mr Stewart’s proposal and will bring forward legislation as soon as is practicable in this parliamentary session.

‘This is an opportunity to further improve standards in our social housing and this work will be taken forward alongside the recommendations of the two reviews of building standards and fire safety which we will consult on later this summer.’