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Major blaze at housing block in south-west London


Firefighters battled a major fire in a block of flats in south-west London in the early hours of this morning 

Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters were called to a fire at a flat in The Hamptons, a New England-inspired development in Worcester Park, Sutton.

Fire crews were met by an ‘intense fire’ burning on all four of the building’s floors as well as its roof.

The fire service said no injuries had been reported but images revealed the building had been heavily damaged.

The Hamptons is an award-winning development of 645 homes masterplanned by JTP for Berkeley Group brand St James.

According to the project description, the design takes its cues from New England, UK and Scandinavian ‘timber boarded architecture’ for a ‘veranda living culture’.

Fire brigade group manager Rick Ogden, who was at the scene, said: ‘On arrival, crews were faced with a well developed and intense fire. 

‘This was a challenging fire involving all floors of a four-storey building. Firefighters worked hard to bring the blaze under control. 

‘Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the day (Monday, September 9). We would urge people to avoid the area if possible and for residents in the immediate area to keep their windows and doors closed.’

The architect and developer have been approached for comment.


Readers' comments (12)

  • Many architects and clients I know are reviewing detailing of past & current projects and in light of new Approved Document B guidance and MHCLG advice note (24 June) & circular letter (1 July) to building control bodies about using non-combustible materials. There is little independant information for specifiers on testing of different external wall build-ups. BRE privatisation means to do fire tests are extremely costly. A recent report commissioned from BRE by department for Communities and Local Government was sat on as AJ 25 June report. More information needs to be published in AJ drilling into the details

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  • Clive Pavley : "BRE privatisation means to do fire tests are extremely costly" Something is wrong here surely.

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