PRP to lead fire-safety research for care homes and specialist housing

By PRP – 29 June 2020

PRP has been appointed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to conduct much-needed research on fire-safety regulations in care-homes and specialist housing. PRP will also review current provisions in Approved Document B (ADB) and propose alternative design options to inform future policy decisions.

Earlier this year, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick set out clarified and consolidated advice for building owners in an unprecedented move to ensure that all multi-occupancy residential buildings are safe. This latest research, commissioned by MHCLG, forms part of the Government’s commitment to delivering the biggest change in building safety for a generation.

PRP will review current design approaches, including evacuation strategies, to specialised housing and care-homes, identify potential shortfalls in the existing fire safety guidance, and assess risks, costs and benefits of alternative design options. The appointed team will also conduct an international review of regulatory and design approaches to inform potential alternative design approaches.

Building Safety Minister, Lord Greenhalgh, said: “This Government is bringing about the biggest change in building safety in a generation. I welcome the expertise that PRP and others will bring as part of our technical review of Approved Document B, and their research into fire safety that will make sure that older and vulnerable people are safe in their homes.”

Jenny Buterchi, Partner at PRP, said: “this is a unique opportunity for us to combine our development consultancy’s in-depth experience on fire safety with our later-living team’s unrivalled experience in the design of specialist housing and care-homes and through our regular work with the APPG on older people’s housing.”

Andrew Mellor, Partner at PRP, said: “a lot of progress has been made in fire-safety regulations since the Grenfell Tower fire, but a lot more still needs to be done, especially when it comes to care-homes and specialist housing. We look forward to working with the wider industry in delivering this key piece of research that will ensure the safety of older people and their families across the UK.”

PRP’s development consultancy and later-living teams will work collaboratively with the wider industry, academia, government bodies, the fire and rescue services, and interest groups to collect essential data and expertise on fire safety as part
of the research.

This latest appointment follows PRP’s successful role as Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on Building Safety analytical work. This new research is expected to be completed at the end of 2021.


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