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Leading bodies call for installation of sprinklers in all schools 

Leading bodies in the built environment have signed a joint statement, calling on the Government to require the installation of sprinklers in schools, including the retrofitting of sprinklers in existing school buildings when relevant refurbishment takes place.

The joint statement comes ahead of Parliamentary scrutiny on the Building Safety Bill.

The statement signed by all parties reads:

“As leading professional bodies in the built environment, we believe further action is required to improve the fire safety of buildings in the UK.

Lives, stock and property are saved by the use of Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS), which includes sprinklers. At present, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland differ in their requirements on sprinklers in schools yet the science of fire knows no political or geographical boundaries. Fire safety of occupants and firefighters is of primary concern. Loss of schools in a community can have devastating effects. Recent research* has evidenced the number of fires in schools and the benefits AFSS would bring.

Achieving a more consistent approach to life safety and sprinkler installations in schools that draws on best practice from all the UK nations would provide clarity to the industry and help better protect the public and communities.

We support the installation of AFSS in all new & converted school buildings of any height and retrofitting to existing buildings when refurbishment occurs as ‘consequential improvements’ where a building is subject to 'material alterations’.”

Each of the professional bodies will bring forward guidance for our own professionals in line with this statement in the absence of government legislation 

Signed by:

  • CIOB – Chartered Institute of Building
  • NFCC – National Fire Chiefs Council
  • RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects
  • RICS – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors



  • The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management and leadership career in the built environment.

The CIOB is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.  We have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. 

We accredit university degrees, educational courses and training. Our professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets


  • We are RICS. Everything we do is designed to effect positive change in the built and natural environments. Through our respected global standards, leading professional progression and our trusted data and insight, we promote and enforce the highest professional standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Our work with others provides a foundation for confident markets, pioneers better places to live and work and is a force for positive social impact.


  • The Royal Institute of British Architects(RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.


  • The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is the professional voice of the UK Fire and Rescue Service. Our vision is to improve safety in communities by working collaboratively.  NFCC drives improvement and development throughout the UK FRS, while supporting strong leadership. We have a unique role in representing Fire and Rescue Services on the national stage with one voice for maximum impact; harnessing knowledge and bringing this together for the benefit of all. By co-ordinating national work for local benefit, we drive improvement across the FRS to face both current and future challenges.


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