group welcomed Mr Tim Pritchard – Head of Corporate Landlord
and Mr Neale Shore - Compliance Officer.
Group welcomed Mr Pritchard and Mr Shore. Mr Pritchard confirmed
that the remit of Corporate Landlord included the Council’s
assets, facilities management and projects and works. Mr Shore
stated that there were 165 corporate properties and 58 community
schools and that the department was currently in the process of
ensuring that these had a managed fire risk assessment programme in
place. Corporate Landlord had only recently taken over the function
for the buildings in June 2016 and for the schools in April 2017 so
work in relation to this was still in the early stages.
Chair queried what action had been taken since the Grenfell fire to
check the cladding on school buildings. It was stated that the
Council was awaiting information to be returned by the schools and
as yet very little information had been received. Mr Shore
confirmed that 10 fire risk assessments had been commissioned and
that this was a rolling programme through 2018/2019 by the end of
which assessments would have been carried out on all schools.
Academies were not currently part of the rolling programme which
was just looking at the 58 community schools. Mr Shore also
confirmed that the focus now was on properties where people were
resident rather than business properties.
query was raised in relation to fire risk assessments and the Civic
Offices especially in relation to disabled people and barriers that
that had breaks in them. Mr Shore stated that he would provide a
written response in relation to this.
Shore confirmed that Corporate Landlord were also working closely
with Mr Sam Bunch, a fire safety consultant from Jacobs who was an
ex fire fighter and Graduate Member Institution of Fire
Pritchard stated that now Mr Shore was in role that data and
information could start to be collected to enable the team to
understand how things stood now but it was confirmed that areas of
high risk were being addressed with immediate effect.
Pritchard confirmed that a questionnaire from the Department for
Education had been completed and that this covered all community
schools and that the Council were fully compliant with this. It was
confirmed that the survey had dealt with buildings that were four
storeys and above or that were residential.
Regarding buildings such as i10 it was noted that there was
cladding and that this had been assessed by Mr Bunch who had also
evaluated the evacuation plan and fire risk assessment and advised
that at the moment this was sufficient and no further action needed
to be taken. The Chair agreed that cladding was acceptable if
mitigating systems were in place and that buildings needed to be
looked at holistically. The Chair did however state that the
cladding should be tested and it was confirmed that this would be
the case if there was any uncertainty as to its composition. Unlike
residential flats in buildings such as i10 there was an evacuation
plan and when the alarm sounded everyone would leave the
question was raised as to whether the risk assessment for the
evacuation had included areas specifically focused on blind people,
those with guide dogs or hearing impaired people. It was confirmed
that a response would be provided regarding this.
The Group queried whether there was
a plan in place for any of the Council owned buildings to be used
in the case of an emergency. Mr Pritchard confirmed that if the
need arose then the buildings would be made available and that work
was carried out with the emergency planning and resilience