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25th May, 2022

£10million to be spent on sprinkler systems to improve fire safety measures in Solihull tower blocks

Ross Crawford 18th Sep, 2021

ADVANCED fire safety measures are being installed in Solihull’s high rise tower blocks.

It comes as Solihull Community Housing (SCH) confirms a £10million sprinkler investment programme to their high rise residential buildings.

The decision was taken with the support of Solihull Council and West Midlands Fire Service as part of their huge advancement to high rise fire safety.

This investment complements the ongoing fire safety work already carried by SCH, which manages the housing stock on behalf of Solihull Council.

Inspections to communal areas, doors, windows, and systems are regularly undertaken to ensure the safety of residents.

The sprinkler installation is predicted to take more than two years with all 37 high rises across the north of the borough set to receive the improvements.

To highlight the important safety work carried out, SCH unveiled a banner outside of Kingsgate House in Chelmsley Wood where work is currently in progress.

SCH chief executive, Fiona Hughes, and Councillor Karen Grinsell, deputy leader of Solihull Council and lead member for partnerships and wellbeing, went along to mark the progress made.

“I am delighted to see how well work is advancing across our high rise buildings,” said Fiona.

“We have received some tremendous feedback from our residents who have reported how smoothly the process has been and the reassurance it has provided about their safety.

“Their wellbeing is an absolute priority for us, and the sprinkler installation will provide a significant extra layer of safety for them.”

Coun Grinsell added: “The council alongside Solihull Community Housing is committed to safeguarding the residents who live in our properties.

“The additional investment for sprinkler installation demonstrates how this is being put into action.

“It’s also fantastic news that residents are happy with progress so far and we hope our other SCH residents will feel the same, as we continue the steady roll out of these works.”

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