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Meeting safety requirements

How we are meeting the requirements of the Fire Safety Act and the Building Safety Act

We have set up a Building Safety team, whose job is to specifically look after the day to day safety requirements of our higher-risk buildings. Along with colleagues in our Building Services team they help to oversee our safety programme across all of the housing we provide. This includes checking flat doors as part of the annual checks of flat entrance doors and quarterly checks of all fire doors in communal areas. They are also putting together the resident engagement strategies and working on the safety cases for higher-risk buildings and are trialling innovative new technology. This includes Twinnedit a unique application which creates a digital twin of the higher-risk buildings to allow the fire service, residents and regulatory partners, such as the Health & Safety Executive, secure access to key safety and compliance data about buildings.

Introducing the Building Safety team

The Fire Safety Act (2021) and the Building Safety Act (2022) have created a range of new requirements as part of the Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy to ensure that building owners are more directly engaged in managing the safety of their buildings and residents.

These requirements vary according to the height and type of building. For example, there are more new requirements for a building over 18 metres in height compared to a two storey house.

To help meet the requirements of the legislation Newlon has created a new Building Safety Team. This team is made up of four Building Safety Officers, two Building Safety Managers and our Head of Building Safety.

Each of our Building Safety Officers are responsible for overseeing safety for a number of our buildings over 18 metres (or at least seven storeys) in height. There are 38 of these buildings and activities we need to carry out include regular front entrance door and communal fire door inspections, creating a building safety case, ensuring residents are aware of the fire strategy for their building, liaising with the London Fire Brigade and ensuring regular fire risk assessments are carried out.

The Building Safety Officers will be working on introducing themselves to residents at the buildings they oversee over the coming months and working with them to develop an approach to engagement on safety for these buildings. Making sure residents have a direct say on how safety is managed and safety decisions are made for the buildings where they live is an important principle of the recent legislation and the Charter for Social Housing.

The team are also piloting cutting edge digital technology including Twinnedit to help with our approach to building safety management. Twinnedit is an application which creates a digital twin of a building so that key partners such as the fire brigade can review a wide range of safety information virtually, including the safety case for a building. This includes being able to take a virtual walkthrough of the building and being able to check where fire exits and safety equipment are located. It is planned that Twinnedit will also securely provide safety information for residents about the buildings where they live. We are piloting Twinnedit at one block and will update residents further once the pilot has been completed.

How to get involved with us about Building Safety

One important part of the Fire Safety Act and the Building Safety Act is to ensure residents have an active voice in the safety of the buildings where they live. A specific requirement of the legislation is to have an active engagement programme for all of our higher risk buildings.

Our Building Safety team is working in partnership with residents and our Resident Involvement team to develop our engagement strategy. If you want to be involved or to find out more about how this work is progressing please contact getinvolved@newlon.org.uk.

Our team and the buildings they support

If you live in one of our taller buildings and want to know who your Building Safety Officer or Building Safety Manager are please refer to the lists below.

You can contact the team by calling 020 7613 8080 or emailing building.safety@newlon.org.uk.

Patch 1
Building Safety Officer (BSO) Davina Bodkin-Jacques
Building Safety Manager Liam Allard

  • Ambrose Court
  • Coppermill heights (Block SE)
  • Vickers court (Block N)
  • Ablemarle Court (Block C2)
  • DeHavilland Court (Block NW1)
  • Rivers Apartments

Patch 2
Building Safety Officer (BSO) Mark Costello
Building Safety Manager (BSM) Mike Boardley

  • Len Bishop Court and John Bowles Court
  • Lascar Wharf
  • Guinea Point
  • 38 Horseferry Road
  • 40 Horseferry Road
  • 53 Narrow Street
  • The Point
  • Millstream Tower
  • Hammond Court

Patch 3
BSO Davina Dillon-Thomas
BSM Mike Boardley

  • Ashburton Triangle
  • 1 Queensland Road (Tower A)
  • 3 Queensland Road (Tower B)
  • 476 Caledonian Road (Piper Close)
  • 3 Cottage Road (Block Y) (Piper Close)
  • Maude Court (Block 6) (Piper Close)
  • Mallard Court (Block 1) (Piper Close)
  • Nicholas Court

Patch 4
BSO Rhodd Reeves
BSM Liam Allard

  • Siskin Apartments
  • Longford House
  • Anne Bryans House
  • Coppetts Wood House
  • Messiter House
  • Molton House
  • 5-7 Hornsey Street
  • 9 Hornsey Street
  • 13 Hornsey Street
  • 15 Hornsey Street
  • 17 Hornsey Street