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Embankment House and Temple House - building safety

We’ll be posting the latest building safety news for customers living in Embankment House and Temple House, Brighton here, so please bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the work we’re doing to keep everyone safe.

We’ve also put together the answers to our customers' most frequently asked questions about Embankment House and Temple House.

Latest update - 20 June 2022

We’re sorry to inform customers that there’ll be further delays as more testing needs to be carried out to make sure Bouygues UK’s proposed remedial solution will work. This will involve BS8414 / BR135 testing of the scheme to prove its viability. We’ve been advised by our solicitor and fire engineering expert to agree to this testing.

We’re doing all we can to resolve the situation and fire safety issues. We’re also working through an ongoing legal process.

We’ve asked that a full PAS 9980:2022 review is done by an independent third-party fire engineer. Due to the limited number of testing facilities and the volume of work they have, we understand that BS8414/BR135 tests are taking between 3 and 6 months to be completed.

Issuing of Section 20 notices regarding Waking Watch (and other) costs

As well as pursuing Bouygues UK for the costs, we’ve also applied to recover them through the Government’s Building Safety Fund. We’re required to show that we have the right and ability to claim from our customers, which involves showing that we’ve served the appropriate notices to our customers. We’re sorry that this requirement of the Government is not consistent with its assurances to leaseholders on the charging of costs. As guided by Government policy, we’ve following the Government requirements, eg to issue ‘Section 20B notices’ informing customers of the costs we’ve incurred.

We haven’t issued any charges to customers for the cost of major fire safety remediation or Waking Watch, and we continue to recover the costs from Bouygues UK and parties other than our customers.

The sale of the freehold from Hyde Vale to Hyde Housing

The internal transfer of the freehold from Hyde Vale Ltd to Hyde Housing Association Ltd was always the intention. It just reflects the most appropriate structuring of assets within the Hyde Group for managing buildings, and has no impact on the customers of Embankment House and Temple House.

Status of the Building Safety Fund application

We’re waiting for a decision from the Building Safety Fund to know if our proposal has been accepted.

Next customer meeting

We planned to have a conclusion from the discussion with Bouygues UK before we scheduled the next meeting. It may be more useful at the end of these discussions as we would be able to provide customers with more information.

However, we can arrange for one regardless, to hear of any other concerns resident may have.

Please email all queries to ews@hyde-housing.co.uk.  This is the best email address to reach the team to address your concerns.

Download a copy of your building’s fire risk assessment

You can download a copy of the latest fire risk assessment (FRA) for your building by clicking on the building name in list below:

Your building’s fire risk assessment may include some actions, which we will complete by the due date stated.

EWS1 forms

If you want to find out more about External Wall Systems (EWS1) forms, please visit our EWS pages, where you can find an overview of the issues surrounding external wall surveys and the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Get in touch

If you have a question that isn’t answered on the EWS pages, or you have a specific concern, please email us at EWS@hyde-housing.co.uk. We’ll aim to respond to you within two working days.