Council seeks reassurance of fire safety around Twickenham Station redevelopment

Release Date: 12 July 2017

The company constructing the new development at Twickenham Train Station has been asked for reassurance that the new building will have high quality, comprehensive fire safety measures in place.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, Business and Community, has written to Solum, the developers responsible for constructing a new station built around a new public plaza with shops and a seven storey high block of flats.

She has asked the Chief Executive for reassurances, on behalf of the local community and future occupiers of the flats, that they have considered all fire safety measures following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Specifically she has requested confirmation of arrangements around emergency evacuation, inclusion of sprinkler systems, number and positions of both fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. In addition, she has requested clarification that no cladding is planned on the outside of the buildings and all external finishes will have a high level of fire resistance.

Cllr Pamela Fleming said:

“The fire at Grenfell House was tragic. We all have a responsibility to ensure that it never happens again. It has been a reminder to everyone about the importance of fire safety.

“The redevelopment of Twickenham Train Station has only just begun. And, we are a long way off from the flats being built and people moving in. However, now is the time that Solum, along with any other private developer, should be reviewing their fire safety plans.

“That includes consideration around cladding, fire escapes, fire doors, sprinklers and fire alarms. Not just for when the building is initially built – but also ensuring that they are maintained and serviced on an ongoing basis.

“All new developments have to be signed off by the Planning Department and building control officers. However, reassurance at this early stage is essential for those who live in the direct vicinity of the station and those considering purchasing a property.”

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Reference: P327/17

Updated: 31 July 2017