Sprinklers hit

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6275
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

London Fire Brigade’s #SprinklersHit campaign rightly points out that tenants, not developers, end up on the hook for automated fire suppression systems, and that this must change. What meetings and correspondence has London Fire Brigade and the Mayor had on this topic with ministers?

Answer

Sprinklers hit

Sprinklers hit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As Mayor of London, I strongly support London Fire Brigade’s position on automated fire suppression systems. I am calling for the guidance to be reformed to require them in more new buildings and for funding to be made available to support social landlords to retrofit them into existing tower blocks. I have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government a number of times on this issue, including in my response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and in the subsequent consultations on Approved Document B. London Fire Brigade has also responded to these consultations and the Fire Commissioner has a meeting with the Housing Minister to discuss these issues in April.