Council to consider £207k sprinkler system in Hatfield's High View scheme

PUBLISHED: 15:03 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 14 September 2018

Welwyn Hatfield Council is regenerating High View in Hatfield. This is an artist's impression of how it will look.

Welwyn Hatfield Council is regenerating High View in Hatfield. This is an artist's impression of how it will look.

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Welwyn Hatfield Council officers are set to recommend that an additional £207k be spent on sprinklers as part of the High View redevelopment project.

The £45million scheme is expected to involve building 150 homes, ranging from one-bed flats to three-bed houses, and if approved the sprinkler system would be installed for the flats.

In a council report set to be discussed by Cabinet next week, officers wrote that although sprinklers are not a legal requirement, fire safety focus has increased after Grenfell.

They also said that sprinklers are the most effective way to ensure fires are suppressed, according to the National Fire Chief Council, which is understood to be disappointed that a national fire safety review did not deem them essential.

Officers wrote: “It should also be noted that fire sprinkler systems are expensive and difficult to retro fit into an existing building.

“Complications arise due to building fabric, and the building will inevitably be occupied and works would have to be carried out during evenings, weekends or closure periods.

“Given that fire sprinkler systems have a proven track record in saving lives, and that the most cost effective way to install the system would be to incorporate this at the design stage, it is therefore recommended that they will be installed in the flats.”

As well as the housing, the scheme will involve having around 18 commercial units, with connectivity to the Jim McDonald Centre also being improved.

The project is likely to undergo three phases to minimise disruption, with all work expected to completed in 2022.

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