After the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017, Greystar undertook a comprehensive investigation of its Chapter portfolio to assess levels of fire safety and management. The survey confirmed that all buildings in the Chapter portfolio were safe to occupy.
The investigation did identify that one of the buildings in our portfolio, Chapter Spitalfields, had cladding installed which would not have been compliant with new guidance issued on a national basis following the Grenfell Tower fire by the UK's Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Greystar initiated the process of refurbishing the exterior of Chapter Spitalfields and completely removed the ACM cladding on the main 33-storey tower by December 2018, with minimal disruption to residents. We continue to progress the refurbishment work on the lower 4-storey adjacent building.
In addition to the refurbished exterior, Chapter Spitalfields continues to have a comprehensive fire management system in place which includes:
- The highest industry class of fire and smoke detection systems (Type L – Life safety), installed in all rooms and tested weekly, of which the key objective is life protection
- These are connected to a centralised fire panel, which enables the immediate pinpointing of any activation
- Heat or smoke detection equipment fitted in every bedroom, living and communal area, basement and plant rooms
- All kitchens and studios contain either an automatic fire suppression system or a fire blanket
- Professional management teams onsite 24/7