Fire safety and prevention

Fire safety and prevention at Wates

Safety and compliance has been our top priority for 125 years

We have a long history of proven capability in delivering fire safety compliance solutions to social housing landlords across the country.


high-rise tower block refurbishments nationwide (2020)


Sprinklers installed across the UK (2020)


High-rise refurbishment projects delivered across Birmingham

Barry Tower wates housing maintenance

Leaders in fire safety

With years of technical expertise and experience in removing and replacing cladding and in internal fire compliance measures, our teams ensure installations are of the highest quality with digitalised record keeping that follows golden thread principles and is in line with our customers’ requirements.

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Specialists in fire safety compliance for social housing

Wates is a member of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), the UK’s leading trade association for the passive fire protection sector, promoting excellence in the design and installation of fire protection.

We specialise in installing and maintaining passive and active fire protection products and systems with BM Trada in-house trained professionals and a highly skilled FIRAS supply chain for social housing customers across the UK.

The Fire Safety Act 2021 puts the structure, external walls and flat entrance doors within the scope of the Fire Safety Order and covered in Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs).

Following the introduction of the Building Safety Act 2022, new planning gateways, regulatory bodies, and changes to the Defective Premises Act have been created.

We are ideally placed to work with social landlords to ensure stringent checks are in place to drive improvements in building safety and performance standards to comply with the requirements of these Acts, including our extensive experience in carrying out fire risk assessments across the UK.


We have proven capability in delivering
fire safety compliance solutions to social
housing landlords across the country.

We supply, fit, and maintain a range of preventative fire safety measures, including:

  • Cladding systems
  • Compartmentation treatments
  • Coatings (Class O)
  • Dry risers and wet risers
  • Fire doors
  • Fire signage

We also supply, fit and maintain:

  • AOVs (automatic over-ride vents)
  • Emergency lighting
  • Fire alarms
  • Sprinklers and water mist systems
Wates Living Space Hackney Council High rise sprinkler retrofit

Expanding our fire safety portfolio: maintaining high standards in a challenging sector

Local authorities and housing associations are facing continued urgency in post-Grenfell fire safety compliance investment.

Wates Living Space Hackney Council High rise sprinkler retrofit
Over the last three years, much of our focus has been on the removal and replacement of cladding and installation of fire compliance measures and this work is understandably sensitive and important.

What the social housing sector needs is a maintenance provider able to deliver the highest quality and ensure accurate record keeping, in accordance with building owner requirements.
Green light for first wave of social housing decarbonisation fund

David Morgan

 Executive Managing Director of Wates Property Services

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