Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes are planning to install sprinklers in all 13 high-rise blocks they own in Nottingham.

The council has agreed to invest £8.5million to carry out work to improve safety for all its residents.

However they are still in talks with the Government to cover the costs, as promised after the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.

Nottingham City Homes plans to carry out works in March this year.

These improvements include:

  • Installation of sprinklers
  • Installation/upgrade of intercoms
  • Installation/upgrade of loudspeaker systems

A spokesperson for the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Sprinklers are the most effective way to ensure that fires are suppressed or even extinguished before the fire service can arrive.

“They save lives and reduce injuries, protect firefighters who attend incidents and reduce the amount of damage to both property and the environment from fire.”

All residents will receive letters this week outlining the proposals, and when work is due to start.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, said: “Following the Grenfell disaster, we carried out fire safety audits in all of our high rise blocks with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue and tenant representatives.

“We concluded that we needed to fit sprinklers in communal areas and flats, as well as upgrading or installing intercom and tannoy systems, to keep residents as safe as possible.

“The Government appear to be going back on their promise.”

“We took Government at their word when they said financial constraints would not prevent such work being carried out, but they appear to be going back on that promise.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes said: “This programme of fire safety improvements will offer further reassurance to the people living in the council’s high rise blocks.

“We are pleased the council has asked us to carry out these works. We will work closely with residents to keep them informed.

“We will hold information events in each block before works start, but if anyone has anyone concerns before then they should not hesitate to contact us.”