Leeds City Council is investing £1.4m million in new fire safety systems for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Armstrong Priestley won the contract to retro-fit five high rise buldings, which include Burnsall Court, Carlton Croft, Queenswood Court, Rycroft Green and Sherburn Court. In total, 540 flats will be sprinkler protected.
Retro-fitting involves a sprinkler system being installed into existing older buildings rather than during the construction stages of a building.
The type of protection to the High Rise buildings will be Life Safety, and will be designed to BS 9251:2014 Residential occupancy Cat 3. Each flat will be designed to have its own isolation valve and the installation pipework used will be Blazemaster CPVC, which is an approved product.
Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, said:
“You can’t truly put a value on someone’s safety. Representing a significant investment in fire safety, we’re providing residents and their families with extra peace of mind that we’re not prepared to let fire ruin lives or property.
‘We are initially targeting blocks of flats which are reserved for older residents, who can be more vulnerable in the case of fire and anticipate accelerating this programme.
“The sprinklers will offer the best possible fire protection for some of our most vulnerable residents and we look forward to complete this vital work.”