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Fire safety in residential high rises

Bedford Borough Council is working to support Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (BFRS), local housing providers, registered social landlords, private sector landlords and other bodies to review and assess the safety of residents within the Borough.  Officers have been working proactively following the tragic incident that happened at Grenfell Tower in June 2017 and in response to guidance issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

BFRS is the lead organisation in assessing fire safety in this type of building due to the design and construction methods used to create this housing type.  Initial results from BFRS fire safety audits have not identified any high rise tower blocks within Bedford Borough that pose a potential fire safety risk.

Bedford Borough Council does not own or manage any high residential housing stock.  All high rise tower blocks and ‘council housing’ stock was transferred to Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) in 1990.

The Borough Council has provided useful contacts to other agencies who residents may wish to contact directly regarding matters that have been raised following the incident.  In addition the Council has provided some Frequently Asked Questions that residents may find helpful and have been produced as a result of some of the enquires the Borough Council and partner agencies have received.

Fire safety questions and answers

Useful contacts

Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Bedford Borough Building Control Service

Bedford Borough Private Sector Housing


Aldwyck Housing

Guinness Housing

  • Telephone: 0303 123 1890

Grand Union


  • Telephone: 033 3000 3000