Prior Court sprinkler installation

In March 2019, we started work on fire safety improvements in the communal areas and flats in Prior Court, Stockton.

The work will continue for four to six months and will be carried out by contractors Ventro and OmniZone. You can find out more on the contractor's website, but as a summary:

This work involves installing sprinkler heads in all flats and the communal spaces. The system will be connected to a new water storage tank and pumping facilities which will be specially installed for the sprinkler system.

The sprinkler heads will be finished with a white cover plate and all pipework will be concealed behind boxing or within ceilings where possible. The sprinkler system is activated by heat only.

Work in flats

Work within the flats will generally take between two to three days and will initially involve joiners installing timbers to support the pipework and boxing.

The joiners will be followed by the sprinkler installers who will install the pipework, sprinkler heads and test the pipework.

The joiners will then complete the work by installing boxing to conceal all pipework and install cover plates to the sprinkler heads.

If you live in Prior Court, members of staff from Thirteen and the contractors will keep you up-to-date throughout the installation process. You can also expect staff to be thoughtful and considerate, and we’ll take particular care to meet the needs of residents who may have special requirements.

We’ll explain what the work involves before we start. Contractors will be polite, neat and tidy and will clear up any area of work properly once finished.

We also expect our staff to be treated with courtesy, using appropriate behaviour and language.

Please help us to minimise the time that we’ll need to be in your flat by:

  • ensuring that any pets are locked away when staff are in your property
  • give us a clear, clean area to work in
  • make sure that children are kept at a safe distance and under-18s are supervised at all times.

More information

Once this block is complete, where feasible we’ll look at rolling out sprinklers in our remaining high-rise blocks.

If you have any questions about the work in Prior Court, please speak to the team who are working on the installation. Alternatively talk to your neighbourhood co-ordinator by calling 0300 111 1000 or visit the Ventro project webpage.