Concern over sprinklers proposal

Posted on July 29th, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A proposal to oblige all care homes to install sprinkler systems as a fire precaution has raised concern among operators of existing homes, and developers of new ones. The proposal is contained in a review by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) of the Building Regulations Part B related to Fire Safety. Whether or not the proposal is adopted will depend on a Regulatory Impact Assessment, which is currently at the consultation stage. The consultation paper states: “Consultees views on this matter and whether it should be applied to all homes, only new homes or just those designed with progressive horizontal evacuation are particularly sought”. Central to the debate is the cost of providing sprinkler systems – the consultation exercise assumes a cost of £3.5k to £5k per home, but specialist care home builder Castleoak Care Partnerships advises that the cost for an entire new care home is at least £1k per bed. This proposal has significant implications for care home operators who are advised to seek

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