General | 06 December 2019
Summary: Latest information on the fire at Worcester Park
27 November 2019 – Update
Following the dreadful fire at Richmond House at The Hamptons on September 9th 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.
Today we have 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.
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 is being installed across all buildings.
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 are a live document which is updated as new questions, issues and feedback come in from residents that require a response
The next weekly meeting for Richmond House residents will take place at Maple Lodge on Wednesday 11 December at 7:00pm.
Residents Support Centre:
Throughout the week the MTVH team are on site to answer questions and help with any issues raised. We will continue to do this and are available daily from 10am to 5pm.