Hackitt calls for culture shift
Dame Judith Hackitt, chair of the board which is creating the new Building Safety Regulator, has said that construction firms will not survive new regulations set to come into effect in 2023 unless boardroom staff start making immediate cultural changes.
Speaking this week at the Construction Leaders’ Summit for the National Building Specification, Hackitt compared those who would wait until 2023 before making significant changes to their practices and behaviours to those “going out on a big party on a night before lockdown in the current pandemic,” and were “knowingly taking a risk that you don’t need to, and which you shouldn’t, and you are ignoring the potential consequences.”
Hackitt, who made a series of recommendations on how the industry operates following the 2017 Grenfell fire, added: “Every single part of the industry, including the whole design and build philosophy, needs to think about what is its role in delivering building safety, sustainability, responding to those new needs. It has to be about ‘adapt and change’ if you’re going to survive.”