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Fire safety in high rise buildings

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This page is regularly updated with information on what we are doing to make sure high rise buildings in Leeds are safe in the event of a fire. The information and links on this page are for:

  • tenants of multi-storey council flats
  • tenants and users of privately owned high rise buildings
  • owners, landlords and managers of high rise buildings

The current situation

  • The council’s Executive Board discussed a report into how Leeds has responded, looking at issues for consideration both in the immediate term and over the coming months
  • Leeds city council has 116 blocks of multi-storey flats. 23 have some form of cladding. None of the cladding is the Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) type involved in the Grenfell Tower incident in London. The council has started a programme of testing on wall treatments in in its older tower blocks, to provide further reassurance
  • We have written to all tenants in all council high-rise blocks after a series of drop-in events with senior managers. We have also provided safety advice and other regular updates to tenants by letter and online
  • Private sector building managers are following the latest government guidelines to ensure the safety of their tenants and occupants. We are aware of 6 buildings in Leeds which have put additional safety measures in place after failing a cladding test, in agreement with the fire service
  • We have asked all schools to pass on a letter of re-assurance to parents about fire safety, following updated checks
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust have provided an update about fire safety in hospitals in Leeds

You can find the latest council statements on fire safety in our newsroom.​


If you are a council tenant

You can find full information and safety advice from Housing Leeds on the Fire safety information for residents in high rise flats page. We will shortly write to all high-rise tenants with a summary of the issues raised at the recent safety drop-in sessions. Thank you to everyone who took part.


If you live in a private rented high rise block

The fire service advice is to take up safety concerns with the Responsible Person for the premises which is likely to be the managing agent or landlord. If residents have concerns about their own safety within their flat, then they can request a visit from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service by visiting www.westyorksfire.gov.uk


If you have concerns about high-rise student accommodation

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have issued a new fire safety information video aimed at students. The University of Leeds has recently issued an updated statement about its buildings and student accommodation, and also publishes full fire safety advice. Leeds Beckett does not own directly any student accommodation, but are working with their student accommodation partners to ensure that all student accommodation is as safe as possible.


If you are the owner, landlord or manager of a high-rise building in Leeds

The government’s programme of large-scale tests of cladding and insulation systems is under way. You should:

  • Stay up to date by visiting Gov.uk's Building Safety Programme page, and registering for updates on test results and advice
  • Follow the government advice as test results are published, to decide whether you need to take any action – this will depend on how your building is constructed
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