New Bill to overhaul building safety
The new Building Safety Bill published this week promises the biggest changes to building safety regulations in the UK "in a generation".
A newly appointed Building Safety Regulator will oversee a new safety regime for high-rise residential homes, taking safety and cost into account and keeping residents safe. New ‘safety gateway’ points will be implemented at the design, construction and completion phases of a building's development.
The reforms will tackle bad practice head on, building on Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which highlighted a need for significant cultural and regulatory change.
A Government statement said the Bill will "create lasting generational change" and set out a "clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained".
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said, "The new building safety regime will be a proportionate one, ensuring those buildings requiring remediation are brought to an acceptable standard of safety swiftly, and reassuring the vast majority of residents and leaseholders in those buildings that their homes are safe."
Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety Dame Judith Hackitt said: “I am delighted that we have reached this important milestone for the Building Safety Bill. It is vital that we focus on getting the system right for the future and set new standards for building safety.
“Residents and other stakeholders need to have their confidence in high rise buildings restored and those who undertake such projects must be held to account for delivering safe buildings.”