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Grenfell | ICE to lead first Hackitt working group

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The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is chairing Working Group One, one of seven expert groups informing Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into building regulations.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has revealed the full list of industry bodies and companies advising Hackitt before her final report on UK building regulations is published at the end of May.

The review was set up following the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June. It will look at what areas of current legislation work well and will identify areas which need to be improved.

Rachel White of the ICE is chairing Working Group One: Construction and Design. The group is researching how regulation changes can make sure building safety is embedded during the design and construction phase.

Kier is the only major construction firm to take part in the working groups, giving advice on procurement as a sub-section of Working Group One.

A spokesperson for Dame Judith Hackitt said: “The working groups were asked to consider how to develop elements of a more effective building regulations and fire safety system, taking forward the directions of travel identified by Dame Judith in her interim report.

“We had an overwhelming response for people to be involved. To ensure the groups were able to respond in a timely manner, it was necessary to restrict the size but group chairs were encouraged to consult as widely as possible when developing their advice.”

The groups will continue to work with Hackitt until her final report is published.

Working groups

Working Group 1: Construction and Design

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.

Chair: Rachel White, Institution of Civil Engineers

Members

  • Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors
  • Build UK
  • Construction Leadership Council
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Institute of Fire Engineers
  • Local Authority Building Control
  • National Fire Chiefs Council
  • National House Building Council
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • Royal Institute of British Architects

Working Sub-Group 1B: Procurement

The procurement sub-group is researching how the procurement process in the construction industry could be improved.

Chair: Paul Nash, Chartered Institute of Building

Members

  • Construction Industry Council
  • Crown Commercial Services
  • Home Builders Federation
  • Kier Services
  • Local Government Association
  • Telford Homes

Working Group 2: Occupation and Maintenance

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.

Chair: Nick Coombe, National Fire Chiefs Council

Members

  • Association of British Insurers
  • Association of Residential Managing Agents
  • British Institute of Facilities Management
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Leasehold Advisory Service
  • Local Government Association
  • National Fire Chiefs Council
  • National Housing Federation
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Working Sub-Group 1 & 2: Golden Thread

The golden thread group is reviewing key points in the interim Hackitt review, focusing on the need for a ’golden thread’ for all complex and high-risk buildings which would make sure original design intent is kept and any changes go through a formal review.

No chair: independent review team

Members

  • National Fire Chiefs Council
  • Local Authority Building Control
  • Construction Products Association
  • National Housing Federation
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Institution of Fire Engineers
  • Digital Built Britain

Working Group 3: Regulations and Guidance

The regulation and guidance group is assessing whether central government should be in charge of  technical guidance for complex and high-risk buildings.

Chair: Peter Caplehorn, Construction Products Association

Members

  • Building Research Establishment
  • Build UK
  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Fire Industry Association
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Local Authority Building Control
  • National Fire Chiefs Council

Working Group 4: Competence

 

The competency group is establishing how competency should be assessed for people involved in building and managing complex and high-risk buildings.

Chair: Graham Watts, Construction Industry Council

Members

  • Build UK
  • Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register
  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Construction Industry Training Board
  • Engineering Council
  • Fire Industry Association
  • Fire Protection Association
  • Institution of Fire Engineers
  • Local Authority Building Control
  • National Fire Chiefs Council
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • School of Engineering University of Edinburgh

Working Group 5: Residents’ Voice

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.

Chair: Darren Hartley, Tenants and Resident Organisations of England

Members

  • Association of Residential Managing Agents
  • British Property Federation
  • Camden Leaseholders Forum
  • Confederation of Co-operative Housing
  • Fire Industry Association
  • Local Government Association
  • National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations
  • Optivo Homes
  • Shelter
  • Tenant Participation Advisory Service

Working Group 6: Quality Assurance and Products

The quality assurance and products group is determining how product testing and marketing can be improved.

Chair: Dr. Debbie Smith, Building Research Establishment

Members

  • British Board of Agrement
  • British Standards Institution
  • Centre for Fire and Hazards Science, University of Central Lancashire
  • Construction Products Association
  • Fire Industry Association
  • Fire Protection Association
  • Institution of Fire Engineers
  • National Fire Chiefs Council
  • United Kingdom Accreditation Service

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