The Government is facing calls to take urgent action to tackle a “crisis of confidence” about fire risks on timber-framed construction sites and improve safety for people living in tall buildings.
A report by the London Assembly called for a review of fire regulations, warning there was already a “significant level” of concern within the industry.
The assembly’s planning and housing committee said fire safety on timber-framed buildings should be improved during the construction phase, and claimed there was a lack of evacuation information for residents living in tall buildings.
Committee chairman Nicky Gavron said: “This is an issue that cannot wait. There is a crisis of confidence about the safety of tall and timber-framed buildings and the Government and construction industry must act now to tighten regulations and reduce fire risk.
“As we construct at higher densities and with more environmentally-friendly materials, we will see more tall and timber-framed buildings. It is therefore vital to current and future residents that we get fire safety absolutely right.”