Mellish Court and The Gables

MK Council has been working closely with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service to assess the quality and safety of both Mellish Court and The Gables.

Current situation

Looking ahead to expected changes in government regulations on tall buildings, and the recent fire at The Gables, the Council decided to carry out very thorough inspections at both buildings. This involved stripping back walls in empty properties and seeking professional advice from industry experts, including the Fire and Rescue Service.

The findings suggest that in the event of a fire, both of these 1960s properties have not been built to standards now expected to prevent the risk of smoke and fire spreading between flats and floors. As a result, we have changed the ‘stay put’ policy to one where we will evacuate the buildings promptly if necessary.

We have also implemented a 24/7 warden service at each building. This means that there are now trained people on hand at all times to evacuate the building, if that was ever needed.

Consultation took place from late 2020 to early Spring 2021 regarding The Gables and Mellish Court and feedback was to demolish both buildings, this was ratified at a Council meeting in Spring 2021.

We have been decanting residents from both The Gables and Mellish Court, this will be completed by the end of October 2021. Consultation work is ongoing regarding the demolition of The Gables and Mellish Court.

Decision Documents

Please see further details on the formal decision regarding The Gables and Mellish Court from December 2020. The Council reviewed the feedback received and used this to inform its decisions.

The link below will take you to the decision documents, including more information on the offers.


Last Updated: 13 October 2021