About US

WHO WE ARE

Founded in the 1980s as the National Tower Blocks Network, we regrouped in 2017 as Tower Blocks UK - a hub for sharing information and resources with groups and individuals who live in, or are concerned about tower block housing safety issues in the UK. 

Our aims are to:

  • Support tenants and residents to be heard by providing more opportunities to exert pressure on decision-makers to prevent continued inadequate action and ongoing risk.

  • Extend the services that we provide to include online information resources, pro-forma systems for implementing housing rights and open fire safety and structural data.

  • Share examples of good practice in tackling tower block safety problems, from tenants and residents and landlords.

We say

There needs to be;

  • A systematic review of all Large Panel System blocks

  • Serious improvements to the Building Regulations

  • The introduction of procedures to enable tenants and residents to implement the Building Regulations when they have concerns

  • The installation of sprinklers in all tall blocks

  • The removal of dangerous cladding

  • Money from government to make these changes possible. 

 

What do you think, what else needs to be done? Tell us, complete our contact form and read our News blog here. 

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We are adding to the website all the time so please keep in touch.

Tower Blocks UK is being led by Frances Clarke, Liz Lowe and Sam Webb MBE. We are supported by a part time tower blocks worker; Danielle Gregory as well as two partner organisations - Shift and MySociety - which bring their experience on research, design and development.

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​Sam Webb MBE has supported tenants for over 40 years. He has been a nationally elected member of both the RIBA Council and the Architectural Association Council and serves on the RIBA Professional Conduct Committee. He is Technical Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group and a member of the President of the RIBA's Expert Advisory Group investigating the Grenfell Tower Fire. Sam also acted as an Expert Witness acting for the families in the Lakanal House Inquest.

Sam was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours 2021 for his services to architecture and 50 year of championing safety of high rise buildings.

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Frances Clarke has been an active community worker and campaigner for 40 years. She worked with Community Links for many years including with residents of the Freemason’s estate in the London Borough of Newham in 1980s and 90s addressing many issues including safety concerns and increasing the profile of this issue at a national level and produced two national directories of tower blocks detailing a range of structural, social and safety issues in the 80s and 90s. She has also worked with the Dept. for Environment and housing charity Shelter. 

Projects and partners

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FixMyBlock was created in collaboration with mySociety and aims to give social tenants living in tower blocks in England, Wales and Scotland the information and support they need to tackle problems with their homes, and in particular around fire safety and dangerous living conditions.  Action guides explain what tenants are entitled to in law and how to take further effective action if landlords aren’t providing safe homes.

Stories from other tower block tenants around the country demonstrate what can be achieved.

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mySociety is a not-for-profit social enterprise which  builds online technologies that give people the power to get things changed and share these technologies so that they can be used anywhere.

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For many years Liz Lowe worked within communities and as a senior professional in Local & Central Government.

As a social care team leader, she worked alongside the Newham Tower Blocks Tenants Campaign to highlight risks in local blocks and led the Borough programme to rebuild the Freemasons Estate locality and community.

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Danielle Gregory

Danielle is a housing activist and tenants rights campaigner with a focus on the social housing sector. She founded the Ledbury Action Group and lobbied for the protected rights and rehousing of more than 200 families after highlighting serious fire and structural safety problems on her tower block estate. Her works focuses on seeking to influence and shape policy change and championing the rights of council and housing association tenants.

Shift is a social design organisation that creates products and services to help solve social problems. Shift has a distinct design approach that brings together expertise in research, innovation and social entrepreneurship to create solutions that can deliver profound, measurable impact.