An area of Riverside is set for vital cladding works after an investigation found it did not meet fire safety regulations.

Changes need to be made to St Anne's Quarter, an £85m development in King Street consisting of 437 homes spread across several low-rise flat blocks.

Eastern Daily Press: St Anne's Quarter, between King Street and the River WensumSt Anne's Quarter, between King Street and the River Wensum (Image: Newsquest)

It follows a Fire Risk Appraisal of the External Wall (FRAEW) which found the former brewery industrial site did not meet updated government guidance brought in after the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017. 

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It is understood the works will be the responsibility of developers and no plans have yet been revealed to pass on any cost to tenants, with similar work at other Riverside flat blocks previously seeing tenants worried about being able to sell their homes.

A letter from the block's management company Orbit Homes told tenants to be prepared for any potential evacuation should a temporarily enhanced fire alarm system be activated while works are carried out.

When asked by this newspaper, no specific timeframe for completion of the project was provided, but it is understood a long-term remedial solution "may take a considerable amount of time as it is likely to involve various stages".

Eastern Daily Press: Construction of St Anne's QuarterConstruction of St Anne's Quarter (Image: Newsquest)

Construction of St Anne's Quarter began in 2017, with the first homes hitting the market in late 2019.

After the Grenfell fire, in which 72 people died, a widespread probe found hundreds of buildings across the UK were unsafe due to highly flammable cladding.

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This culminated in an overhaul of existing fire-safety regulations and the announcement of a series of tough new plans from housing secretary Michael Gove that the government said would hold developers responsible for repair works.

Speaking on St Anne's Quarter, an Orbit Homes spokesman said: “The safety of our customers is our number one priority.

Eastern Daily Press: Housing secretary Michael GoveHousing secretary Michael Gove (Image: PA)

"Following revised advice issued by the government regarding the management and safety of tall buildings, we have been carrying out detailed investigations of all our relevant properties.

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“The inspection at St Anne’s Quarter identified that remedial works to the external wall of the building are required to meet the updated guidance.

"We will be taking several steps based on guidance from the National Fire Chiefs Council, including enhancing fire systems and revising fire evacuation strategies where needed, whilst we coordinate a long-term remedial solution for the external wall system with the original developers.

“We have been keeping customers updated with our plans but encourage them to reach out to us directly with any questions they have."