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Grenfell | Seventh 'Golden Thread' Hackitt group created

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A seventh working group has been set up to inform the next stage of the post-Grenfell Hackitt review into UK building regulations.

The new group, named the Golden Thread, will examine how better to connect planning, maintenance and management of complex and high-risk buildings.

Members will focus on ensuring initial designs and any subsequent changes to high-risk buildings are properly recorded. 

New Civil Engineer understands this extra working group will be comprised of members from the first two working groups, which are researching design, construction and refurbishment, and occupation and maintenance respectively.

The new group is expected to meet for the first time this week, after the initial six working groups had their first meetings last week.

Construction trade body the Local Authority Building Control (LABC), which is already advising three of the initial six groups, will participate in the seventh group.

In her interim report Dame Judith Hackitt advised there should be a stronger process and enforcement system for complex and high-risk building projects.

In December, she wrote: “There needs to be a golden thread for all complex and high-risk building projects so that the original design intent is preserved and recorded, and any changes go through a formal review process involving people who are competent and who understand the key features of the design.”

A spokesperson for Dame Judith Hackitt said: “The review will look at how to ensure that an accurate record of high risk and complex buildings is compiled during the design and construction phase, and that this is passed to the appropriate people once the building is occupied.

“The sub-group is comprised of members from the working groups on Construction and Design, and Occupation and Maintenance.”

Seven 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.
  7. The new olden 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.

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