We have 13 high rise blocks of flats in Falkirk. Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower, London in June 2017, we understand that residents may have concerns about fire safety in these blocks.

Following the fire, we wrote to all residents of our blocks, as well as visiting individual flats and attending public meetings.

What we are doing

We have robust procedures in place to ensure the safety of our residents within our high rise blocks. These include the following:

  • Regular checks of communal areas by our Neighbourhood Officer and Caretakers
  • Action taken when concerns are reported to us about communal areas
  • Annual fire safety inspections of the blocks
  • Regular safety checks to fire detection systems, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting and dry risers
  • We have recently updated the emergency signage in communal areas
  • Regular Electrical Installation Condition Reports
  • Quarterly visits from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Additional fire safety training for relevant staff members

The high rise blocks also have the following safety features:

  • Fire resistant doors at the entry door of flats
  • Mains wired smoke alarms in all Council-owned properties in the blocks
  • Fire alarms, smoke and heat detectors in ground floor communal areas

We will take into account any recommendations made by the independent review into the Grenfell Tower fire, and make further improvements where required.


What you can do

All residents of our high rise flats have a responsibility to:

  • Check your smoke alarms weekly - please call us on 01324 590590 if there is any problem with your smoke alarm.
  • Know the evacuation procedures in the event of a fire.
  • Keep communal areas free of items and rubbish.
  • Report potential hazards within a communal area to our Callendar Square One Stop Shop as soon as possible.
  • Do not store bottled gas, or any appliances which use bottled gas, anywhere within the building.
  • Call 999 immediately if you see any fire in a high rise block of flats.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's leaflet (PDF, 266KB) gives advice on what to do in a fire in a flat. We have previously sent copies of this leaflet to all residents. Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have recently published information online to provide guidance to residents within multi-storey flats.

You can request an individual fire safety visit from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service by calling them on 0800 0731 999.


Cladding

All of our high rise blocks have had cladding installed. The table below shows the type of cladding, contractor and approximate date completed for each block:

High rise block Date of overcladding Principal contractor System used
Symon Tower 2014 Lovell Partnerships Bauclad HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Marshall Tower 2014 Apollo Property Services Group (now Keepmoat Regeneration Ltd) Bauclad HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Leishman Tower 2014 Apollo Property Services Group (now Keepmoat Regeneration Ltd) Bauclad HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Paterson Tower 2012 Apollo Property Services Group (now Keepmoat Regeneration Ltd) Bauclad HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Eastburn Tower 2012 MacKenzie Construction Ltd Bauclad HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Maxwell Tower 2012 Lovell Partnerships Bauclad HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Belmont Tower 2008 Lovell Partnerships Trespa Meteon HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Breton Court 2006 Lovell Partnerships Trespa Meteon HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Corentin Court 2006 Lovell Partnerships Trespa Meteon HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Parkfoot Court 1996 Miller Construction Ltd Trespa Meteon HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Glenbrae Court 1995 Miller Construction Ltd Trespa Meteon HPL panel on aluminium framing system with mineral wool insulation
Greenbank Court 1999 Muirfield Construction (no longer trading) MR Swisslab external wall insulation system
Glenfuir Court Pre 1996 No details of the main contractor are held Structherm external wall insulation system

All of our cladding systems have been assessed, and are of a different type to that used in Grenfell Tower. The materials and construction methods used in our properties are inherently low fire risk.


Contact us

If you have any other concerns about fire safety in your block, please contact your Neighbourhood Officer at Callendar Square One Stop Shop.

We can also provide this information in other formats on request.