Worcester Park fire

| 20 May 2020

Summary: Latest information on the fire at Worcester Park

May 2020 – Update

Following the fire at Richmond House at The Hamptons on 9 September 2019, our focus as a charitable housing association has been to do everything we can to support those residents directly affected, to ensure the safety of our other residents on the estate, and to understand as best we can what happened on that night.

In November 2019 we shared with all MTVH residents the results of in-depth investigations by independent experts into the construction of the buildings we own at The Hamptons to establish if there are any structural issues that could compromise fire safety.

The investigations show that work is needed to remedy certain defects in the passive fire protection of buildings on The Hamptons. In practice this means installing or improving cavity barriers within the external wall systems, and correctly firestopping elements of the construction internally.

It is anticipated that St James, as the original developer, will lead these remedial works. MTVH will ensure that all remedial work is overseen by appropriate independent experts to check that works are installed correctly and meet the requirements of the Building Regulations.

Once we have a full remedial strategy in place, this will be shared with residents, we appreciate your patience at this difficult time.

The safety of all residents is our priority, which is why a 24 hour waking watch has been put in place across The Hamptons since the 9 September, the ‘stay put’ advice has been changed to ‘simultaneous evacuation’, and a communal fire alarm system has been installed and commissioned in all but one of our blocks, due to the Coronavirus.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has stated that they are satisfied with this arrangement and that the remedial works must be completed by 30 April 2021.

Worcester Park fire FAQs and resident newsletter

Our FAQs and latest newsletter can be accessed by clicking on the links below. The FAQs is a live document that is updated as new questions, issues and feedback comes in from residents that requires a response.

Worcester Park fire full FAQs – 14 July 2020

Worcester Park fire – Resident update newsletter issue 23 – 3 April 2020

Residents Support Centre:

Due to the situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our Resident Support Centre will be temporarily closed. We ask residents to please use the contact details provided in the first instance, should you experience any issues.

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