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More Trouble for Kier as Fire Door Contract Goes Sour

09 September 2013 | Updated 01 January 1970

Complaints from residents (who have become more knowledgeable following recent tragic fires) about new fire doors failing to close properly has led to an independent report finding faults in workmanship by Kier Stoke contractors who installed the doors into 12 council owned blocks.

Around 66 doors inspected failed to open and close properly and thus did not meet the fire resistance standard of 30 minutes.

Stoke Councillor Jan Bridges said: “Stoke is gaining a good reputation for our housing and property projects, so it is really frustrating that the door contract is out of step.

“We have released the technical report, including full colour pictures, to reassure people that we are on the case. The doors’ installation is not up to scratch and we are continuing to push Kier Stoke to resolve this as quickly as possible.

“And Kier Stoke have pledged to keep residents informed at each and every step of the way.”

Kier Stoke has committed to put things right at no extra cost and will be working with its subcontractors to discover what went wrong.

Councillor Bridges concluded: “This glitch won’t hold us back in our continued drive to provide the best and safest homes in the country for our residents. We are working with the fire service right now on a model project to install state of the art sprinkler systems in our flats.”

Article written by ThisWeekinFM | Published 09 September 2013


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