Fire safety in office to residential conversions (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6277
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

When office premises are converted to residential under the permitted development rights, what steps does London Fire Brigade take to ensure the building meets fire safety standards?

Answer

Fire safety in office to residential conversions (1)

Fire safety in office to residential conversions (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

When London Fire Brigade (LFB) is consulted, on these matters, for example by a developer or the building control body dealing with the development, they will give due regard to the access and facilities for firefighters and the general fire precautions in the building in those areas where the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies and provide appropriate observations and comments. LFB has general concerns about levels of competency within the industry and the application of the building regulations across the built environment, including these types of conversions and has included those concerns within their responses to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building  Regulations and Fire Safety, the ongoing workstreams in relation to that review and their response to the consultation on the technical review of the Approved Document B of the building regulations.