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Grenfell | Hackitt review working groups set to start work

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Six working groups informing the next stage of the Hackitt review will start examining evidence next week, New Civil Engineer understands.

Construction trade body Local Authority Building Control (LABC) will participate in three groups, while other trade bodies and experts are currently being assigned to each of the six groups.

At an industry summit in January, Dame Judith Hackitt, who is leading the independent review into building regulations and fire safety, said the six groups would help find “innovative solutions” to the gaps in UK building regulations. In her interim report published in December, Hackitt said current UK building regulations were “not fit for purpose”.

LABC will contribute to the design, construction and refurbishment group, the competencies working group and the regulation and guidance group.

LABC deputy director Lorna Stimpson said: “These are important working groups informing the recommendations of the Hackitt Review and we welcome the opportunity to add our expertise to their deliberations.”

All six groups will report their recommendations by the end of March before Hackitt publishes her final report in late spring.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has been contacted for comment.

Six working groups

  1. The design, construction and refurbishment group is establishing what industry and regulators need to do to make sure building safety is embedded during the design and construction phase.
  2. The occupation and maintenance group is recommending how building owners, landlords and regulators can ensure that a building is always safe throughout its life cycle.
  3. The products group is determining how product testing and marketing can be improved.
  4. The competency group is establishing how competency should be assessed for people involved in building and managing complex and high-risk buildings.
  5. The residents’ voice group is looking at how residents can be given a clear, quick and effective statutory route for raising concerns on fire safety.
  6. The regulation and guidance group is assessing whether central government should be in charge of  technical guidance for complex and high-risk buildings.

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