Waking Watch Replacement Fund Deadline Extended to March 2024

The UK government announced last week that the Waking Watch Replacement Fund deadline has been extended by four months to midnight on 31st March 2024.

The purpose of the fund is to help leaseholders by covering the cost of installing a common alarm system in accordance with the recommendations of BS 5839-1 for a Category L5 system, on a building of any size, where a waking watch is in place.

This fund was designed to build on the original £35M Waking Watch Relief Fund (WWRF) that was brought into place for high rise buildings above 17.7m in height, due to unsafe cladding.

A ‘waking watch’ is a temporary system of fire detection that is used on a building with an increased fire risk. As the name suggests, it involves the presence of trained fire marshals to patrol the building 24 hours a day. If they find a fire, the marshals will raise the alarm and initiate a safe evacuation.

Following on from the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, it was decided that a ‘stay put’ fire evacuation strategy was no longer safe or reasonable for certain buildings suffering from an unsuitable external wall system, or other fire safety defects, and that additional measures needed to be taken to ensure the life safety of the residents of all high rise buildings.

The fund, administered by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC), will now remain open to applications until the end of the first quarter of next year.

Here at FRC we understand that applying for government funding can be a difficult and stressful process. To remove the stress and hassle, and also to avoid unnecessary delays, we can actually make the application for you.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you to apply to the Waking Watch Replacement Fund, please do get in touch and we will be happy to tailor a service to your unique requirements.

Email: enquiries@frconsultants.co.uk or Call 01794 332456 Option 1