Scunthorpe Sprinkler Systems Installed Following Grenfell Tragedy

Sprinkler systems are set to be installed in tower blocks in Scunthorpe by a social landlord in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy.

Ongo Homes confirmed the plans to North Lincolnshire Council’s governance scrutiny panel following a recommendation to the social landlords board.

Neil Webster, head of regeneration at Ongo, told councillors on the panel that the decision was based upon the need to give reassurance of safety to their residents. He said: ‘We will be fitting sprinklers in all of our high rise buildings. Our initial response in the wake of Grenfell was to reassure our residents.’

The tragedy at Grenfell tower has so far thought to have claimed 79 lives, however as a response to the blaze, a public inquiry has been called by Prime Minister Theresa May. This will be led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

The systems are set to be fitted into Ongo’s four high rise flats in Scunthorpe. Onogo is aiming to have the systems fitted within six to eight months, however this depends on the design and procurement of the sprinklers.

Director of Regeneration at Ongo Homes, Pete Stones, said: ‘The safety of our residents comes before anything else. Whilst we have confidence in our fire safety procedures, and test them regularly, the awful events at Grenfell Tower remind us of the great responsibility we have for the safety of our tenants. We will do everything we can to minimise any risk to life. Our tenants not only need to be safe, but feel safe too. Sprinklers will provide us, and our tenants, with that additional peace of mind.’

Paul McCourt, Humberside Fire and Rescue service, informed the scrutiny panel that further recommendations for fire safety have been made to Ongo Homes. He explained: ‘We have visited the tower blocks and made sure that communities are safe. We have also made further recommendations to Ongo on safety though most of them are minor concerns.’