At a cost of around £275,000, the installation of a brand new sprinkler system has been completed at St Peters Court in Lowestoft; East Suffolk’s only residential tower block.
Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in July 2017, the Council undertook a thorough examination of the building’s fire safety measures and at a subsequent meeting with tenants - hosted by Mark Bee, the Council Leader at the time - it was announced that the system would be installed to provide additional reassurance and enhanced safety for everyone living in the 16-storey building.
The Council appointed BMS Sprinklers to undertake the work and on Friday 5 July the system went live and is now operational in every flat. This work follows the installation of new ‘one-hour’ fire doors for every flat and other improvement works to ensure East Suffolk’s fire safety procedures meet the highest possible standards.
Cllr Richard Kerry, Cabinet Member for Housing is delighted that the system is now in place. He said:
“The residents of St Peters Court have told us that they are really happy with the Council and the steps that we take to ensure the safety of all tenants.
However, after the dreadful events at Grenfell Tower, we entirely understood that there would be some anxiety, so although the sprinkler system was not absolutely required, we felt it was the right thing to do – not just to provide additional safety but also peace of mind.”
Cllr Kerry also observed how well the installation programme has gone and believes that the installation company and tenants both deserve praise. He said:
“The conduct of both BMS Sprinkler staff and tenants, who have been very flexible and accommodating to allow these difficult works to be completed satisfactorily and on time, has been really important.
BMS Sprinklers have been incredibly professional and have done a fantastic job. However they couldn’t have done it without the patience of our residents who knew there would be disruption to their flats but who were very patient throughout.”
Mark Bedford of BMS Sprinklers said:
“It has been a pleasure to work with East Suffolk Council on this project. Everyone has pulled together, tenants, our engineers and the council’s own staff to complete on time and on budget. It is refreshing to work with a proactive authority who clearly hold their residents best interests at heart."