05 Jul Building Safety Bill published today
The Building Safety Bill, published today, sets out ‘lasting generational change’ as to how residential buildings, especially high-rise, are developed, constructed and maintained in the UK.
The Bill, set in motion after the Grenfell Tower Disaster four years ago, is part of an extensive overhaul to building safety regulation and proposes reforms including:
- Establishing a Building Safety Regulator to hold to account those who break the rules or do not properly manage building safety risks
- Introducing three new ‘gateways’, where the safety of a building is considered and signed off by the regulator at each phase of design, construction and completion.
- Giving residents greater powers to hold builders and developers to account, with toughening sanctions against those who fail to meet safety requirements or build to sub-standard
- Strengthening the regulatory framework for construction products, with the national regulator being empowered to remove products from the market that present a safety risk
The proposals are aimed at both existing and new residential buildings of 18m high, or above, and specify that a clearly identified person or people be responsible for safety during the design, build and occupation of the high-rise.
Reforms also give residents more routes to raise concerns about safety issues and the proposals extend the amount of time residents have to seek compensation for substandard construction work from 6 years to 15.