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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Ensuring safe housing: facilitating the relocation of tenants affected by Large Panel System building safety concerns

This case study explores the facilitation of the relocation of tenants affected by Large Panel System building safety concerns at a social housing estate which comprised of a tower block with over 120 homes.

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Greater Manchester councils and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

The Greater Manchester High Rise and Building Safety Task Force was set up in 2018. It provides a formal structure for joint working on fire risk in high-rise residential buildings between Greater Manchester’s 10 councils and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

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Joint Inspection Team (JIT): a national fire safety inspection resource

These resources help the Joint Inspection Team (JIT) to assist councils help train council staff to do their own inspections and take enforcement action against the presence of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding in high-rise residential blocks.

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Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) have an informal structure for joint working on fire risk to high-rise residential buildings, based on effective communication and information sharing. Liverpool has over 200 blocks over 18 metres high, including purpose-built student and private residential blocks.

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London Borough of Camden and London Fire Brigade

Working together At Camden Council, initial information gathering, basic risk assessment and prioritising is done by one full-time principal environmental health officer (EHO), supported by their manager. Higher-risk buildings stay with the principal EHO for follow-up and enforcement, while lower risk buildings are monitored by the team of EHOs.

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Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Nottingham’s Joint Audit and Inspection Team (JAIT) was established in the autumn of 2019. The idea arose from an informal conversation between two senior colleagues from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) about building safety.

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Portsmouth City Council: Large Panel System case study

This case study explores how Portsmouth City Council were able to deliver the demolition of Horatia House and Leamington House, which were two 18-storey blocks constructed using Large Panel Systems.

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Rugby Borough Council: Large Panel Systems case study

This case study explores how Rugby Borough Council were able to deliver the demolition and re-development of five 11-story tower blocks that were all constructed using Large Panel Systems (LPS).

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Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: Large Panel Systems case study

This case study explores how Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council were able retain their two remaining tower blocks that were constructed using Large Panel Systems (LPS). The council’s strong internal high-rise building safety team and engagement with external industry experts have led to the council managing and retaining the two remaining LPS tower blocks rather than pursuing demolition.

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Southwark Council: Large Panel Systems case study

A case study focusing on how Southwark Council took action on four Large Panel System buildings in their estate, and ensured residents were engaged and informed throughout this process.

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