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Liverpool Office Buildings To Be Checked For Fire Safety

Jul 4, 2017

The Grenfell Tower fire earlier this month, which killed dozens of people, has triggered a major review of fire safety in high-rise buildings in the UK.

While the focus has so far been on residential buildings, the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service recently revealed that it plans to assess the fire safety of all tall buildings in the region, from hospitals to offices.

The Liverpool Echo explained that the fire and rescue service had a meeting with the local authorities, during which the professionals expressed a desire to check all such buildings for their fire safety.

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, deputy mayor of Liverpool, told the newspaper that the initial focus will be on residential buildings, but that the council is keen to extend this and work with the fire and rescue service to carry out audits.

“We are also reaching out to the private sector and major buildings and venues to get a complete picture of safety across all high occupancy buildings in the city such as hotels,” she explained.

Anyone who’s looking for offices to let in Liverpool will no doubt be interested in the fire and rescue service’s findings.

Councillor O’Byrne added that the audit will take some time due to the number of buildings and organisations involved, but stated that the authorities were “determined to complete it”.

As well as the renewed focus on fire safety, Liverpool City Council and a number of other organisations will be looking at the proposals by Peel to redevelop a section of the city’s docklands area.

ITV News revealed that UNESCO has warned that the city could lose its World Heritage Site status as a result of the planned redevelopment. As a result, a series of events to look at how to protect and maximise the city’s “distinctive cultural identity” have been organised.


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