This month we welcomed an announcement from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, saying that he was minded to introduce requirements for sprinklers into new build blocks over 11 metres in height (down from 30 metres).
Responding to the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, in the Commons on Monday 20 January, London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, Dan Daly, said: “London Fire Brigade welcomes the announcement on building safety made by the Secretary of State.
“In our response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, we called on the Government to design a new building safety regulatory system to prevent tragedies, rather than reacting to them.
“The proposal to introduce sprinklers into new builds above a height of 11 metres, down from the current threshold of 30 metres, is a massive step in the right direction and something we called for and fully support.
“It is also right that action is taken to name and shame building owners who are putting residents at risk by not removing dangerous cladding.
“While the measures being taken are a step in the right direction, there is still much more detail needed before we are satisfied that the fundamental change required has been delivered.”