Last edited 03 Sep 2021

Higher risk residential buildings

Building a Safer Future, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report (the Hackitt review) published in 2018 following the Grenfell Tower Fire defined higher risk residential buildings (HRRB) as: ‘new and existing high-rise residential properties which are 10 storeys high or more… For the avoidance of doubt, this 10-storey threshold would apply to mixed-use buildings of this height if part of it was residential.’

The likelihood of fire is greater in purpose-built blocks of flats of 10 storeys or more than in those with fewer storeys and the rate of fatalities is also greater in such buildings.

According to Land Registry and Ordnance Survey information, there are an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 HRRBs.

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