Portsmouth residents to learn more about sprinklers

Work set to begin on £22m improvement programme at city's high-rise flats by the end of the year

Sprinkler spraying water over a fire


01/11/2021 9:20am


Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

Plans to fit sprinklers in more than 1,200 Portsmouth homes will be shared with residents for the first time this week.

Portsmouth City Council will be showcasing the plans to residents in Ladywood House at an event on Thursday (4 November), with work scheduled to begin by the end of the year.

The work is part of a larger £22m scheme that will see sprinklers fitted in every Portsmouth City Council tower block over the next four years alongside other improvements including fitting new fire doors.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (HIWFRS) will also be attending the event at Ladywood House to help explain the benefits the work will bring and promote fire safety.

Group Manager for Protection Delivery at HIWFRS, Andy Lock, said:

“We are pleased to see this vital work move a step closer in Portsmouth.

“Sprinklers are designed to control and quickly suppress fires before the arrival of the fire service, keeping firefighters and the community safe by stopping fires from spreading.

“Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has worked hard to highlight the impact sprinklers can have to prevent small fires becoming much more significant incidents, drastically reducing the threat to life.”

Cllr Darren Sanders, the council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness, said:

“I’m delighted we’re close to the start of fitting sprinklers in our tower blocks, we want residents to be as safe as possible and these improvements will complement the measures already in place.

“We are committed to providing safe, affordable housing to Portsmouth residents and this work is a big part of that.”


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