Leading fire safety consultants, C.S. Todd & Associates Ltd, have been awarded a contract to prepare a new national guidance document on fire precautions in purpose built blocks of flats. Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID) will lead on the sector-led project, which is being funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and other partners. It will assist in the promotion of consistent standards in the approach to implementation of fire safety legislation in existing, purpose-built blocks of flats.

Colin Todd, Managing Director of C.S. Todd & Associates Ltd, states: "Since the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in 2006, the issue of determining the appropriate package of fire precautions in existing blocks of flats, particularly those constructed in accordance with earlier standards, has proved particularly challenging for fire safety practitioners, including the officers of enforcing authorities, fire risk assessors and fire safety consultants, as well as persons with responsibilities under the order, such as managing agents and landlords. The importance of an appropriate approach has been highlighted by a number of serious fires in blocks of flats and the need for enforcement action by a number of fire and rescue authorities. However, significant inconsistencies have arisen in the approach adopted by the various parties, causing considerable confusion for landlords and managing agents. We are delighted to have been selected to prepare this very important guidance".

As part of the contract, C.S. Todd & Associates will liaise closely with a wide range of stakeholders from the housing sector, including those representatives of local authorities, private and social landlords and managing agents. Enforcing agencies, such as fire and rescue authorities, are also being consulted. However, the consultants would be pleased to receive comments from anyone with views of commonly occurring issues that should be addressed and resolved in the new guidance.
Anyone wishing to comment can contact the consultants directly on a special email address that has been set up for this project: guideconsult@cstodd.co.uk.


Posted: 10.05am, 22.02.11