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Thu 05 Oct 2017

Grenfell Interim Report expected this Autumn

Grenfell Interim Report expected this Autumn
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Government published terms for an independent review of building regulations and fire safety of which the interim report is due this Autumn. Whilst this focuses on multi occupancy high rise residential buildings it also covers the regulatory system for all buildings.

The review specifically aims to identify whether there are any potential systematic failures with the governments large scale cladding system testing programme, by assessing the effectiveness of current building fire safety regulations, related compliance and enforcement issues. The intention is to develop a robust regulatory system for the future and provide further assurance to residents that the buildings they live in remains safe.

The review is being led by experienced engineer, Dame Judith Hackitt, who is engaging with residents of multi occupancy residential buildings and drawing on the expertise of bodies including the local government and the fire sector.

Dame Judith Hackitt welcomed the opportunity to make an urgent, fresh and comprehensive examination and consider the whole system together to ensure everything possible is done to improve the safety of buildings.

An interim report will be submitted followed by the final report which will be submitted in Spring 2018, both prepared jointly by Sajid Davies, Communities Secretary, and Amber Rudd, Home Secretary.

At the beginning of September, Communities Secretary Sajid Davies urged “We must learn the lessons of Grenfell Tower and ensure a fire like this cannot happen again. The independent review led by Dame Judith Hackitt will address any potential failures and recommend how we ensure the whole building regulations and fire safety system is robust. “

Safety experts said “ they stand ready to support the Government’s efforts for improved regulation and look forward to helping achieve effective and practical controls over risks, both in the workplace and in the wider public domain.”

The Grenfell interim report is expected to be published before the end of this October.

Bina Mistry - Paralegal, Property Practice Group

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