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Last edited 15 Feb 2021
Building Safety Bill
The Building Safety Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019 following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017.
It was expected that the main elements would:
- Create an enhanced safety framework for high-rise residential buildings, taking forward the recommendations the Hackitt review.
- Provide clearer accountability and stronger duties for those responsible for the safety of high-rise buildings, with clear competence requirements to maintain high standards.
- Give residents a stronger voice in the system and ensure that they fully understand how they can contribute to maintaining safety in their buildings.
- Strengthen enforcement and sanctions to deter non-compliance.
- Develop a new stronger and clearer framework to provide national oversight of construction products.
- Develop a new system to oversee the whole built environment, with local enforcement agencies and national regulators.
- Require that developers of new build homes must belong to a New Homes Ombudsman.
A Fire Safety Bill was also introduced to amend the Fire Safety Order 2005, clarifying that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire.
On 2 April 2020, in response to the Building a Safer Future consultation, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP also announced steps to introduce mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks of flats over 11 metres tall, legislated for through the Building Safety Bill. For more information see: Government response to the Building a Safer Future consultation.
The draft Building Safety Bill was published on 20 July 2020. Ref https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-building-safety-bill
Explanatory notes were published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/explained-the-draft-building-safety-bill
The draft Bill was published to enable consultation and scrutiny before it is introduced to Parliament. It will be examined by a Parliamentary committee who will report with feedback and recommendations before the Bill is finalised.
- Construction industry outlook on the upswing.
- December 2020 GDP figures show construction vulnerable.
- Eight organisations form engineering services alliance.
- Fire safety bill.
- Government response to the Building a Safer Future consultation.
- Grenfell Tower fire.
- Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
- Hackitt Review.
- Leading built environment bodies call for sprinklers in all schools.
- London Build 2020: Best Practice in Design and Build panel discussion.
- National construction products regulator established.
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