Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, the government announced an independent review of building regulations and fire safety, with a particular focus on high rise residential buildings. The review, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation, will urgently assess the effectiveness of current building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement issues, with a focus on multi occupancy high rise residential buildings. This will include addressing whether the government’s large-scale cladding system testing programme identified any potential systemic failures. The review’s two key priorities are to develop a more robust regulatory system for the future and provide further assurance to residents that the buildings they live in are safe and remain safe.
As part of the review, Dame Judith Hackitt will consult the Buildings Regulations Advisory Committee, the construction and housing industry, the fire sector, international experts, MPs and the public. The review will also work closely with other government departments and the devolved administrations and consider the implications of changes to the regulatory system on other government objectives.
Terms of reference for the review were published on 30 August, an interim report will be submitted this autumn and a final report in the spring of 2018. The government has said it will act swiftly on any recommendations from the review to make sure people living in high rise buildings are safe.