Fire safety summary

Anchor Point

Anchor Point
Canons Way
South Gloucestershire

(Unique Property Reference Number – 64039)

Contact details

Significant findings from Fire Risk Assessment

  1. A significant amount of combustible items were being stored in the mezzanine level rooms. They should be removed and items kept to a minimum in this area
  2. Storage of personal items was found in communal corridors - this could impact the ability for residents to escape the building in the event of a fire
  3. A number of service risers were found to have inadequate fire stopping
  4. A number of fire doors did not fully close under the power of their self-closing device
  5. The building has two staircases. However, in the event of smoke being detected in communal areas (or heat in the flat lobbies), fire doors magnetically unlock. There is no signage to show this (e.g. directional signage/ fire exit sign above the magnetically locked doors)
  6. There was a strong smell of cigarette smoke in the communal area

How we are managing fire risk in the buildings

  1. This area has been cleared, and will be regularly inspected to ensure no further storage takes place
  2. The items have been removed, and residents reminded about the need to keep corridors clear
  3. A project to complete compartmentation work across the building is currently being procured, and residents will be written to with further updates. Short term interim measures, including additional detection and sounders, and a change in evacuation strategy to full evacuation have already been implemented to ensure resident safety
  4. Remedial works have been undertaken to 'ease and adjust' a number of fire doors, before the upcoming project work is undertaken
  5. Signage has now been fitted
  6. No smoking signs have been added and residents written to

Building construction and external wall

Six storey concrete frame structure with render, ceramic cladding, stone and metal cladding comprising the outer wall.

The managing agent is responsible for the external walls of this building.

Evacuation policy

Temporary change: Full evacuation

When the alarm sounds, get everyone in your flat out of the building using emergency fire exit routes and stairs.

Hampshire Fire And Rescue Service has also produced a useful leaflet about High Rise Living [adobe pdf / 2 MB].

Means of escape

The best escape route is the staircase nearest your flat. There are two routes out of your building:

  • the enclosed stairwell that leads to the ground floor, on either side of the building

Do not use the lifts.

Local fire authority

Avon Fire and Rescue Service

Routine inspections

The items below are inspected or serviced to maintain the fire safety of your building.



Frequency of inspection 

Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)An FRA is an inspection of the common areas of the building to check that fire safety arrangements meet legal fire safety requirements. It also identifies what else we can do to prevent fire and keep residents safeAnnual
 LiftTwo passenger lifts. Serviced every month. Thorough inspection (LOLER) every six months
Communal electrics Communal electrical installations such as wiring, sockets and lights are inspected and tested regularly.Every five years 
Communal gas boilerThere is no communal gas in this building – we have gas boilers in each home. Please note: shared owners are responsible for having their own gas boiler serviced annually by a Gas Safe Registered engineer
Dry riserUsed by firefighters to deliver water to all levels of the building.Six monthly and annual servicing
Fire detection systemSuch as fire alarms and smoke detectors.Weekly testing and servicing every three months 
Emergency lightingEmergency lighting (or escape lighting) lights up a safe exit route if the mains power fails.Programme of monthly and annual tests 
Automatic Open Vent (AOV)Smoke control ventilation system.Monthly tests
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