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Council to replace 4,000 fire doors following Grenfell disaster


The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is set to begin replacing doors on council properties which do not meet fire safety standards

Earlier in the month, communities secretary James Brokenshire said owners of buildings with the Manse Masterdor models SG03, SG07, SG08, SG11, SG15, or SG34 installed should consider how quickly to replace doors.

In response, councillors at the borough in which the Grenfell Tower is located will vote next week on introducing an immediate £3.5 million programme to take out and reinstall around 4,000 fire doors in its social housing blocks.

A statement from the council said: ‘Kensington and Chelsea Council believes that the replacement programme must be started as a matter of urgency and as such councillors will next Wednesday consider a recommendation to replace doors across the borough.’

It said that the local authority in west London will send the new doors for independent testing to be 100 per cent sure the doors will resist fire for at least 30 minutes.

In his statement to Parliament, Brokenshire said that the Manse Masterdor only resisted fire for 15 minutes, rather than the 30 minutes previously believed.

After seeking advice from its independent expert panel that the risk to public safety was low, but that ‘the replacement of Manse Masterdor fire doors should take place using a risk-based approach’.


Readers' comments (3)

  • 'rather than the 30 minutes previously believed' is surely a damning condemnation of the certification process; is there an analogy with Volkswagen, whereby the product behaved differently under test to the way it behaves in everyday use?

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  • Frances Maria

    Considering the problems there can be with evacuating tall buildings with a high number of occupants, those at higher levels (eg. above 18m) should have a sixty minute fire rating

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  • If anyone needs help with fire door products or information in general please contact Forster on 01909 295000 https://www.forster-profile.ch/gb-en/systems.html
    Fire considerations are so vital to early stages of a project.
    We can also provide a CPD covering considerations and standards when specifying fire rated glazing and doors.

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