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Packington - building safety

We’ll be posting the latest news for Packington Estate customers here, so please bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the work we’re doing to keep everyone safe.
Our answers to customers’ frequently asked questions on Packington (PDF, 352KB) cover most queries, but if you have a question that isn’t answered in this document please email ews@hyde-housing.co.uk.

Latest update – 23 May 2022

Actions and updates following the meeting on 3 May 2022

Remedial works

The Packington estate was built in 6 phases. Rydon has submitted remedial work proposals for Phases 1, 2 and 4 first, as these cover the main types of wall construction used across the estate. You can find a map of the estate, detailing all the phases, in the FAQ document (PDF, 352KB).

Phase One

We agreed the content and wording for our works agreement for Phase 1. The remedial works will involve putting up scaffolding and is expected to take about 20 weeks.

Rydon is waiting to commit to completing the works until they are aware of any potential building control requirements. Phase 1 building control application was submitted on 4 April 2022 and advice from the Islington Building Control team is anticipated to be at the beginning of June 2022. If works approved by Building Control are as detailed, then Rydon has agreed to mobilise works in a matter of weeks.

Phase Two

We have now agreed proposals for Phase 2.

Phase Four

Fire experts working for Hyde and Rydon now have an in-principle agreement for Phase 4.

If building control considers these works to be building works, we will need to open discussions with Rydon about their proposals again, which could lead to delays. 

Once works start, Hyde will be supervising the works and Rydon will appoint a Resident Liaison Officer as the ‘go to’ person for residents during the project. We’ll also hold monthly project meetings, where you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about the work and get updates on progress.

Phases Three, Five and Six

Rydon has given a scope of work to us for the final three phases (3, 5 and 6). We have given this to our consultant to confirm if they’re comfortable with this. We’ll review the feedback and provide a further update on it via our solicitors. We’ll provide an update to residents on this by close of business on 13 May 2022.

EWS1

Current RICS guidance that lenders are using, requires an EWS1 form for everything over 18 metres (7 storeys or more), and, 5 and 6 storey buildings where there is more than 25% cladding.

This means that the current RICS guidance requires all but two buildings to have an EWS1:

Flats 1-9, 2 AND 4 Dame Street, Islington, London, N1 7FR

4

10

34 And Flats 1-4, 36 Dame Street, Islington, London, N1 7FR

3

6

Waking watch

Following our latest assessment of the additional fire safety measures, increased testing and monitoring, we’ve been able to remove the waking watch.

Some of the measures in place that have contributed to the risk level reducing enough so that fire marshals can be removed include:

  • Fire alarm system
  • Active remote monitoring
  • Property information boxes
  • Property inspections
  • Personal emergency evacuation plans
  • All existing active and passive fire safety measure (such as automatic opening vents / fire doors / dry risers)

However, your building still has a temporary ‘simultaneous evacuation’ strategy. So, if you’re alerted to a fire, you must evacuate the building immediately.

If you require assistance in evacuating the building, please leave your flat and make your way towards the staircase, where the fire service will assist your evacuation.

We’ve written to customers at Packington, with more information on the additional fire safety measures and we’ve informed the fire service.

If you require assistance in evacuating the building, for any reason, or if you’re concerned about these changes please contact your Property Manager or alternatively you may contact our Customer Services team on 0800 3 282 282 so we can arrange a call-back.

Next project meeting

As mentioned at the resident meeting on 3 May, we are due feedback from Rydon about their discussions with London Borough of Islington’s Building Control. As soon as that update is available, it will be posted on this page. As also discussed on the recent call, we’re aiming to have our next resident meeting early/mid June. We’re in the process of finalising a date, and that will be posted here shortly. We will also include a link to Slido to take any of your questions, as we have done with previous calls. See our answers to your previous round of questions on Slido (PDF, 120KB)

Please be assured that we are in regular conversation with Rydon, with a view to gaining answers on the building control questions and starting onsite as soon as possible.

The Building Safety Fund Leaseholder and Resident Service

Government is publishing updates on how Building Safety Fund applications are progressing in the third week of each month on the Building Safety Fund Leaseholder and Resident Service.

Customers must use a code unique to their building to access the service. We’ve shared this code with customers and can share it again via email, on request.

Property information boxes

You may have seen several red fire boxes installed recently called property information boxes. These boxes contain resident and block information that will be used if the fire brigade requires it. These boxes highlight the extra layers of protection that we are putting in the buildings to keep everyone safe in their homes.

Find out what to do in the event of a fire.

Download a copy of your building’s fire risk assessment

You can download a copy of the latest fire risk assessment 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 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 contact us via our EWS email. We’ll aim to respond to you within two working days.