Following the Grenville fire incident, the government is carrying out a major review of building fire safety measures and in particular those relating to residential high rise blocks.
The fire safety review, ongoing, is calling for evidence and views on issues concerning fire safety in buildings from residents, landlords and managing agents. The government is calling for evidence and expert advice on a wide range of fire safety issues with a view to revising existing guidance and eventually, new regulations.
The aims of the review are to identify and remedy failings in the current safety systems and putting in place a “stronger and more effective regulatory framework”, by implementing:
- Tough sanctions against those who are responsible for residents’ safety
- Rigorous standards and guidance for those undertaking building work
- A strong voice for residents
The government is to establish a Joint Regulators’ Group to get existing regulatory bodies working together with developers and owners / landlords and property managers, as well residents, to develop and trial new safety methods ahead of any new legislation.
With its Building a Safer Future plan the government is committing itself to a programme of reform over time which will also take into account the recommendations in the Hackitt review and introduce clearer standards and guidance. This will include establishing a new Standards Committee to advise on construction, product and system standards and regulations, and carrying out a full review of fire safety guidance within the building regulations.