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FORT REGENT CENTRE NOTICE UPDATE 3 APRIL 2019

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FORT REGENT CENTRE NOTICE UPDATE 3 APRIL 2019

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Following the news release of 21 March 2019, about the risk assessment review in relation to the Fort Regent events programme, this communication explains a few things that have been going on in and around the centre in response.

You've cancelled some major events, why?
Recently, a number of tests have been carried out at the Fort, as part of a risk assessment review, which we have run in conjunction with our landlord (Jersey Property Holdings). Issues have come to light, that need to be addressed before we can continue with the event programme.

We continue to work with event organisers to help them relocate to alternative venues, however, some events may have to be cancelled as we cannot accommodate them in the short term until we have resolved some of the issues.

Is it safe?
The Fort continues to be a safe working environment, and on the whole its day-to-day operations can continue.

Will there be any events at Fort Regent anymore?
All of our events will be subject to revised risk assessments and subject to us being able to manage the risks, some events will still go ahead. These are likely to be smaller events for the time being at least as the recent risk assessment review has capped the number of people who can be in Fort Regent at any one time at 1,170.

Why has it suddenly changed?
The risk review was primarily triggered by concerns that, following the closure of parts of the Fort because of asbestos, a number of emergency exits were no longer easily usable. A complete review by a fire engineer has now discounted a number of escape routes, in line with the latest British standards, and this has led to the Fort's capacity being reduced. Risk assessors have concluded that safety measures must be improved in order for events to be held here, including reassessing the emergency lighting provision.

Is the new capacity enough for everyday sports and family activities?
It's a big place!We are well within that capacity during our daily operations when our sporting clubs and associations, tenants, gym users, children's play area etc are in full use.

Is this the end for Fort Regent?
No.We continue to work with the landlord to ensure the building is safe for operations and our day to day activities continue.

Why are G4S patrolling the building, is it safe?
G4S are here to supplement the Fort Regent operations team in the monitoring required to support the emergency procedures.

What action is Fort Regent taking to address the issues recently published?
Work is being conducted on the Fort's emergency lighting.  A team are on site installing upgrades to the emergency lighting solutions and are progressing well in this task. We are also carrying out reviews of the electrical installations in all of our open areas to ensure we continue to operate safely.

When will the Gym shower facilities be re-opened?
We are expecting the confirmed project timeline for reinstating the showers, toilets and sauna and steam rooms in the next few days from our landlords JPH.  Initial indications are that reintroduction date of these facilities could be July 2019.

We hope to be able to communicate the definite timeline shortly.

 

Written by Colin Stanier at 00:00

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