Fire risk assessments and EWS1 forms

We are responsible for arranging fire risk assessments (FRAs) to our buildings every year, and acting upon work which may be identified.

An FRA is a report on the fire hazards and precautions within the internal communal areas of a building.

It identifies potential risks, evaluates existing fire safety measures and tells us if extra measures are needed to prevent, control and reduce the effects of a fire.

If you live in a block of flats, you can scan the QR code on your building with a smart phone to see the safety records for your building.

Government Building Safety update

In January 2022, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities made a statement about the Government’s renewed approach to building safety. You can find more on what this means for leaseholders in this news article.

Building Safety Fund

The Government’s Building Safety Fund aims to protect leaseholders from the cost of addressing fire-safety risks, caused by unsafe non-ACM cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings.

You can find a step by step guide for leaseholders and residents on the Building Safety Fund process, on the Government’s website.

External Wall System Assessment 1 (EWS1) forms

Additional fire risk assessments must be carried out on buildings over 18m tall (usually 5 or more storeys) with some form of combustible cladding or combustible material on balconies, and blocks less than 18m tall with specific concerns. These are known as EWS1 forms.

The assessments check that the materials used to construct the buildings have passed safety tests; and have been installed and maintained correctly.

Many leaseholders wishing to buy, sell or re-mortgage their properties are required to provide EWS1 certification to solicitors and mortgage lenders.

EWS1 programme 

Our EWS1 programme is in progress with works underway and in planning to 31 buildings. We’re on track to complete the majority of remedial works needed by March 2023.

We have secured fire safety certificates for 80 buildings which can be issued to leaseholders on request.

If you want to find out more about fire safety in your building email us at info@poplarharca.co.uk.

You can find the status of buildings in the current EWS1 assessment programme by using the search box below.