13 Jun 2019 | Community News

Update regarding the fire at Samuel Garside House

Since the fire at Samuel Garside House earlier this week Barking Riverside Limited (BRL), working with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, has been listening to the concerns of residents. We have heard how distressing this has been for many of them and have reassured them that we have been liaising with the owners, housebuilder and managing agent for Samuel Garside House on their behalf.

Neither BRL nor the Council have legal responsibility for, nor control over Samuel Garside House. However we have been working with the organisations responsible for the affected properties to ensure that they take immediate action for residents’ safety.

We have agreed that the builders (Bellway Homes), the owners (Adriatic represented by Homeground) and the managing agent (RMG) of Samuel Garside House and Ernest Websdale House will do the following:

  • Undertake works to safely rebuild the damaged homes at Samuel Garside House as soon as possible.
  • Make sure that the residents whose homes were significantly damaged in the fire have a place to stay while these works are done – at no expense to them.
  • Begin the removal of the external timber from Samuel Garside House and Ernest Websdale House immediately.

We are also ensuring that the original builders take immediate action to review the safety of all homes at Barking Riverside and make any necessary changes as a matter of urgency (including removing or treating external timber).  We have agreed an action plan with Bellway Homes, Homeground and RMG which we have outlined to residents today.

Residents who have questions about these works can come to the Resident Information Centre which will be open from 10am on Friday 14 June in Rivergate Square. Residents who are looked after by RMG can also email [email protected] or call 01606 336100 for more information.  Other residents should contact their housing manager.

BRL and the Council have also, with valuable support from local volunteers, established a new Community Assistance Hub at the Rivergate Centre, on Minter Road. This hub is open now and is a place for local people to visit and access support.

BRL and the Council would like to thank residents for their feedback so far.  We will continue to meet with residents to address any concerns that they may have about the safety of their home or the action plan proposed by the building owners and managers.