Can readers share their experiences to help this gentleman?
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Thank you for your prompt reply to my email about Homepine House in Kent. I would like to understand more about their problems as we may have a similar problem looming here.
I live in XXX. Peverel has conducted a fire alarm assessment and has concluded that XXX needs a fire alarm upgrade.
At the same time it is recommended that each and every flat, all 27 of them, should have a smoke alarm hard-wired into the careline security system.
The total cost was quoted at over £20,000.
We have established that the hardwiring is not compulsory.
Because funds are very low, the fire alarm installation may not take place this year, which gives us time to debate the issue.
Our corridors do have a fire alarm system, but I do not know the official standard, although the building was erected in the late 1980’s.
Our fear of unnecessary expenditure by Peverel has prompted some of us to query Peverel’s intentions, so we have investigated the requirements of a “sheltered housing” building, seeking guidance from our local fire service.
(Are we a sheltered housing complex?)
They suggested reading the LACORS document.
Last year we were inspired by the Homepine problem as reported in Carlex. Now I am not so confident.
The following is my opinion only:
The Fire Service prefer a stay-put policy.
The Fire Service prefer the minimum alarms in corridors, not the maximum.
Our alarm system is working and we have automatic vent openers as well, so why change?
Homepine House was based a protest on quite a skimpy Fire Brigade assessment.
But the hard wired alarms may be challengable.
I just doubt a court is going to take any risks on this: especially after the death at Gibson Court.
Where you might be on stronger ground is contesting the tender itself and insisting on other companies to be considered.
Is there any will to spend any money contesting this: ie by employing your own surveyor?