Kirklees Council has enlisted the services of contractor Wates Living Space to undertake crucial fire safety enhancements at Harold Wilson Court, situated in the heart of Huddersfield’s town centre.

Starting from September 2023, Wates will commence work on the building. The project is anticipated to span two years, resulting in the implementation of elevated safety standards upon completion.

The scope of the project encompasses the installation of a sprinkler system, an array of enhanced fire safety measures throughout the block – including balconies – and the implementation of a new render system compliant with the latest fire regulations.

Throughout the duration of the project, scaffolding will be erected around the building, along with a safety net for contractors working on the render system replacement. This will be dismantled once these tasks conclude.

The decision to revamp the 11-storey building was prompted by a fire safety survey that identified necessary improvements.

Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Housing, said; “I am pleased we are moving forward and starting fire safety works at Harold Wilson Court.

“Reviewing the building safety has given us the opportunity to install the latest fire safety measures, that will ensure the safety of our tenants.

“We understand this may be an unsettling time for those living in the block, we will work with tenants and Wates to do all we can to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

As part of the undertaking, certain tenants will be temporarily relocated to guarantee their complete safety while the works are underway. They will be required to vacate their residences for a three-week period and may return once the work is finished.

In order to minimise any inconvenience, temporary and respite accommodation will be arranged at Harold Wilson Court for those impacted. Housing management teams will provide comprehensive support to tenants during this period.