After the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, Greystar undertook a comprehensive investigation of its Chapter portfolio in order to assess current levels of fire safety and management. Following this survey, we can confirm that all buildings in the Chapter portfolio have been deemed safe to occupy.
As part of the investigation it was identified that one of the buildings in our portfolio, Chapter Spitalfields, had cladding installed which is non-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). Although DCLG has not stipulated a timeframe, Greystar has initiated the process of refurbishing the exterior of Chapter Spitalfields and replacing the cladding to further strengthen the safety of the building. We expect this process to involve minimal disruption to residents.
We want to emphasise that Chapter Spitalfields has been deemed safe to occupy following extensive assessments by an external global fire safety expert and our own retained fire safety expert. These assessments are fully in line with the London Fire Brigade’s guidelines for reviewing and evaluating fire safety in tall buildings in London.
Chapter Spitalfields has 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
If you have any questions about fire safety at Chapter Spitalfields or the Chapter portfolio, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 207 206 9739.