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South East Blocks Fire Improvement Works


Client: Home Group

Supplier: Engie Regeneration

The scope of works includes:

  • Replacement of front entrance doors and door sets
  • Communal entrance door and door set upgrades
  • Fire Alarm system
  • Fire stopping. fire barriers and balustrades installations
  • Installation of automatic opening vents
  • Fire stopping and compartmentation works
  • Redecorations to communal areas and occupied apartments

Following asbestos surveys and final agreement of the scope of works, ENGIE provided designs to the client for approval and completed pilot schemes to all blocks. This set the benchmark for quality standards expected and meant specialist contractors followed the correct methodology to achieve the high standards expected.

All works are being completed by 3rd party accredited and approved fire safety system installers such as FIRAS and BM Trada. Following agreement of the design, to maintain a sequence of works the contractor placed orders for the manufacture of the front entrance doors (FED’s) and the fire alarms, due to the long lead time. Additional fire risk assessments were completed and made arrangements for alternative fire plans, if exits were going to be impeded during replacement of the FED’s, and to ensure ways of raising the alarm in an emergency were still operational at all times.

ENGIE commenced works to all six locations concurrently, beginning with communications to residents explaining how the works were to take place (which included holding informal coffee mornings), making appointments for access if necessary and providing a point of contact should any queries or concerns need addressing.

Whilst completing the pilot scheme at Court Place in Folkestone, residents were taken through the step by step process of how the installation of the fire stopping works to the bay window were to be completed so they understood exactly how this was going to happen in their homes.

At this point works were halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the social distancing restrictions imposed. The supplier immediately created a new set of Safe Operating Procedures (SOPS) to enable us to continue with the programme of works following the easing of lockdown. The SOPS include new ways to communicate with residents, in particular with regards to access and egress procedures.

Works recommence in September 2020 and all parties are working collaboratively with each facilities manager to reassure residents that it is safe to do so.

ENGIE will complete the FRA cladding, balcony works, fire stopping and redecorations ready for robust inspection, testing and commissioning activities before final handover which should take place in January 2021.