High-rise flat

£57m Kirklees Council plan to ensure safety of tenants in high-rises

A wide-ranging £57m plan for safer and more modern high-rise living has been approved by Kirklees Council’s Cabinet.

The plan for four council-owned high-rise buildings focuses on making sure tenants are safe and confident in their homes, with a mixture of remediation, refurbishment and rebuilding work to also take place.

Kirklees’ Council’s plans was formed following in-depth conversations with tenants and leaseholders earlier this year.

In this, they looked for ways to ensure robust fire safety measures were in place and that potential fire risks were minimised, in line with government requirements.  

Residents provided vital insight, allowing the council to hear the voices of those directly impacted and to plan with their needs at the centre.

The £57m investment will see Bishop’s Court and Holme Park Court demolished and replaced with new lower height buildings.

Buxton House will be significantly remodelled, while Harold Wilson Court will see improvements to fire safety standards.

Commenting, Kirklees Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Democracy, Councillor Cathy Scott said:

“The tragic events of Grenfell were a reminder that the council cannot ignore the ongoing risks associated with high-rise residential blocks.

“The safety of our residents is our first priority and we are committed to bringing our high-rise buildings up to the standard our tenants deserve.

“Our tenants are uniquely placed to give us feedback and when the new government standards were introduced, we spoke to our tenants and explained the options for each of the high-rise blocks in question.

“Taking on this feedback helped inform the Cabinet decision and we now have a plan for investment that will deliver safer and more modern homes.”

Further consultation with tenants will take place to explain the plan moving forward, including rehousing options during the works, which should commence sometime next year.

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

PSE June/July 22

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

Our June/July edition of PSE we bring you expert comment and analysis on a range of public sector topics, from digital transformation to health and social care and the workforce. Learn about how important ethics are in public service, or how Brighton and Hove City Council are focusing on travel and transport as we head towards a net zero world as well as so much more…

Videos...

View all videos
PSE365 Cyber Security

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public Sector Cyber Security Virtual Event | 14 July 2022

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Upcoming Webinar

Webinar: Driving sustainability & value through technology end-of-life

End-of-life is often overlooked yet is equally as important to a digital strategy, but what happens to end-of-life technology? What is the impact on the environment, net zero targets? What is the financial impact, is value for money for the taxpayer simply discarded and destroyed along with the technology?
 

Join us on 13 September between 2:00pm-2:45pm where we look to address the lifecycle of a digital strategy with a focus on end-of-life using examples, achieving efficiency, increased sustainability and delivering cost savings.


Guest Panellists:

Adam Turner, Head of Government and Public Sector Sustainable ICT and Digital, DEFRA
Ben Levin, Senior Manager, Technology Assesment and Criteria Development, Global Electronics Council
Fredrik Forslund, Vice President, Enterprise & Cloud Erasure Solutions, Blancco
Ben Tongue, Digital Net Zero Lead, NHS England

More articles...

View all