Fire safety summary

Whatcombe House

Whatcombe House
Newbury Racecourse
RG14 7GQ

(Unique Property Reference Number – 100215)

Contact details

Significant findings from Fire Risk Assessment

After consulting with the Fire Safety Manager for Sovereign Housing Association, and given the number of fire doors and service cupboards within the building, it’s recommended that a full annual/six monthly fire door inspection and maintenance programme is undertaken by a competent person producing a report, the recommendations of which should be implemented.

How we are managing fire risk in the buildings

Fire door inspections are currently being scoped out by our property safety team - to ensure that we comply with anticipated future legislation, arising out of the Grenfell Inquiry.

Building construction and external wall

Six storey block with steel frame construction with brick slip and ceramic cladding.

Evacuation policy

Stay put

Unless the fire is in your flat or a direct neighbour’s.

Keep your front door and windows closed. Tune in to local TV or radio and wait for further instructions from the emergency services. The fire service will knock on your door if they need you to evacuate.

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 usually the normal way in and out of your home. There is one route out of your building:

  • the enclosed stairwell that leads to the ground floor

Do not use the lift.

Local fire authority

Royal Berkshire 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 safe.Annually
 LiftOne passenger lift. 
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.Initial five-year install certificate and then every five years 
Communal gas boilerDoes not apply - district heating system. 
Does not apply
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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