STATEMENT ON GRENFELL TOWER FIRE

Statement from the Wates Group following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Kensington on 14 June 2017.

We would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to those affected by the major fire which devastated Grenfell Tower in Kensington and Chelsea in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Although we were not involved in the recent refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, Wates is working on a number of projects for the council and is currently refurbishing the 31-storey Trellick Tower on behalf of Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO). This work involves close liaison with the London Fire Brigade on fire prevention and evacuation strategies for the block.

Safety is always our overriding priority wherever we work throughout the country, and we comply fully with all safety fire standards as set out in the current Building Regulations, and the numerous supporting Codes of Practice.

We have contacted KCMTO and the council to offer our full assistance and we are currently exploring what additional help we may be able to provide to the local community. We stand ready to help wherever we can.

WATES GROUP