Building and Fire Safety

The safety of residents is our number one priority. We have robust procedures and comprehensive controls in place regarding fire safety which are reviewed and tested on a regular basis. Your safety is our top concern – that is why we carry out fire risk assessments as required by law.


Gateway has a comprehensive fire safety policy and we ensure compliance with legislation and good practice guidance. Your property has regular independent Fire Risk Assessments and any actions identified are promptly acted upon and monitored until completed. We work with the fire service to ensure we have plans in place to safely evacuate our properties. Please ensure you are familiar with the Fire Safety Notice for your building which is posted in the lobbies and communal areas.


All buildings are now affected by new legislation being passed by the Government to meet compliance guidelines regarding fire safety within the external wall by having an external wall survey (EWS) carried out.

Gateway are now planning on carrying out building assessments and progress on matters being resolved.


  1. Why do you need to inspect my building?
  2. Is My Building Included?
  3. What is a EWS Assessment?
  4. What type of Building needs to have EWS1 forms?
  5. What is the EWS process?
  6. Will I receive a copy of the survey?
  7. Who can I speak to about any queries?
  8. Who will carry out the RAGS Assessment?
  9. Do I need to provide access to my flat?
  10. How does this affect selling/ staircasing/remortgage my flat?
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What is the EWS process?

The first stage is a RAG assessment which categorises our buildings using the RICS RAG assessment tool   

We will not need to enter into the flats to undertake this. Costs will be covered by Gateway Housing for this stage.

Once we have concluded the RAG assessment, we will then conduct a full visual survey of the buildings that have been highlighted as a potential risk to our residents. This process includes.


  • Examine all property information 
  • Undertake a visual inspection and full drone survey
  • Identify on plan areas for potential inspection to satisfy EWS1 assessor (Fire Engineer).
  • Prepare a report together with recommendations to undertake necessary invasive surveys to secure the EWS1 form.


The next stage is a fully intrusive survey of the building. This will enable our expert consultants to ascertain the construction build-up of the external wall and issue a report setting out what remedial works will be necessary if any.

However, to ensure that we are compliant with all government safety guidelines Gateway are beginning carry out inspections / RAG assessments to all buildings which have two or more sets of domestic premises.

  1. Building Safety