Tower blocks managed by a housing partnership in Poole are to be fitted with sprinklers. Borough councillors unanimously approved plans for the project. Work is expected to cost around £630,000. A total of six tower blocks will benefit from the fire safety improvements.
Poole Housing Partnership, which manages six tower blocks on behalf of the council, carried out fire safety reviews following the Grenfell tragedy. Work to install the sprinklers will be carried out over five years. Two blocks at Sterte Court will be the first have sprinklers. The remaining four Old Town towers will get sprinklers when they are refurbishment some time over the next five years.
U-Turn Following Grenfell
Sprinklers were first considered in Poole four years ago. At the time, it was felt they were not necessary. Following Grenfell the fire service recommended the decision be ‘revisited’. Sprinklers will now be installed in individual apartments and communal areas in the tower blocks.
Up and down the country, local authorities are having to make the same decision.
Sprinkler Tank Company Ready to Help
Nationwide Water Solutions Limited is the UK’s leading independent supplier and installer of sprinkler tank equipment. A sprinkler tank ensures water is stored on the premises for the sole purpose of fighting a fire.
A spokesman said: “We understand the concern over fire safety in high-risk buildings following the devastating blaze at Grenfell Tower. We are here to offer free advice to local authorities, housing associations and others. We also offer free site visits. A sprinkler tank supplied by us is designed to fit its environment. We also maintain sprinkler tanks and repair existing ones.”
Nationwide Water Solutions Limited also conducts annual sprinkler tank inspections using underwater equipment.