The Minister of State for Building Safety and Fire has visited a Croydon apartment building using an Intelliclad alarm system allowing for removal of Waking Watch patrols.
Lord Greenhalgh visited the 38 apartment building in West Croydon alongside representatives from Intelliclad, a system which our team installed in 2021 to boost residents safety and remove extortionate Waking Watch patrol costs.
As the wait for remediation works at similar buildings across the UK continues, implementation of Intelliclad’s internal fire alarm system - which conforms with BS 5839-1 L5 guidance - was completed last year, funded by the Waking Watch Relief Fund.
Lord Greenhalgh recently called for innovation aiming to tackle the UK’s cladding crisis to be encouraged during a House of Lords debate on the issue - citing a unique external fire detection system as an example of what can be achieved to boost residents safety and reduce costs to individuals.
During a tour of the building, where the Intelliclad installation process, background and future plans were discussed, Lord Greenhalgh said: “Intelliclad approached me to respond to my call for new technology that might ensure the risk of fire and fire spread might be mitigated at buildings rather than full remediation.
“I’ve enjoyed learning more about the system and I'd like to encourage more innovation so more buildings can be mitigated rather than fully remediated at great cost.”
Darron Brough, Intelliclad Founder, said: “Meeting Lord Greenhalgh gave us a fantastic opportunity to showcase how Intelliclad and our team can help address building safety issues across the UK.
“Our product is compliant, thoroughly tested and has been endorsed by credible names within the fire safety world.
“Today was about showing Lord Greenhalgh the practical application of our system in a real life setting and explaining how we are already helping those affected by the Cladding Crisis.
“For us, it represents a key moment after years of research, development and - more recently - building relationships with building owners and managers with a view to boosting the safety of residents.”