building safety, Hackitt,

Government to enforce full Hackitt recommendations

The Government has revealed it will enforce the full recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her review of building regulations and fire safety published following the Grenfell Tower fire.
Grenfell Inquiry

Grenfell Inquiry next stage ‘unlikely to restart until 2020’

Hearings for the second phase of the Grenfell Inquiry are unlikely to start before the end of next year, according to its chairman
combustible materials,

Government issues ban on combustible materials for high-rise homes

The government has issued a ban on the use of combustible materials on new high-rise homes and has given its support to local authorities to carry out emergency remediation work.
smoke toxicity

FPA calls on Government to consider smoke toxicity in building products

New research on the smoke toxicity of building cladding, published by The Fire Protection Association (FPA), calls on the government to consider the role that toxicity should play in product approvals before making its final decision on combustible building materials.
Grenfell Tower tragedy

Grenfell Tower tragedy dents confidence in councils, poll suggests

A new poll has revealed doubts over plans to give local authorities more power to oversee the safety of high-rise buildings, following the Grenfell Tower fire.
sprinklers installed

Labour investigation reveals only 4% of London council blocks have sprinklers

A Labour Party investigation into fire safety in tall tower blocks has discovered that just 4% of London’s high rise council housing blocks have sprinklers installed.
review of Building Regulations

Hackitt: Impossible to rule out another Grenfell without regulatory change

Dame Judith Hackitt, author of the independent review of Building Regulation and fire safety, has warned that without changes to the regulatory system, another tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire cannot be ruled out.
Architectural cladding

Architectural cladding video aims to improve fire safety

Vivalda, one of the UK’s largest distributors and fabricators of architectural cladding systems has produced a short film urging architects, specifiers and contractors to think more carefully about whole-system specification
cladding systems, high-rise buildings, remediation work,

Cladding remediation plans still unclear for 129 high-rise buildings

Only 39 of the 457 high-rise buildings around England with similar cladding systems to Grenfell Tower have been made safe, according to records compiled by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)
Hackitt Review

Opinion: The case for “Hackitt Plus”

The Hackitt Review represents an important moment for the construction industry – but do we need to be more critical in how we respond to it and perhaps go further than even Dame Judith suggests? Paul Wilkins of the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) makes his case
safety of infrastructure

ICE urged to play bigger role to improve safety of infrastructure

A new report has called on the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to play a bigger role in empowering engineers to improve the safety of infrastructure

Hackitt calls on construction industry to ditch “value engineering”

"Value engineering" should be driven out of the construction industry as part of the root-and-branch reform of the sector following the Grenfell disaster, Dame Judith Hackitt has said
refurbishment sector

Government measures to improve fire safety bring security into the refurbishment sector for the...

New suggested standards for front doors to flats released in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy for the first time bring security compliance into the refurbishment sector
housing measures

Government announces new housing measures to improve UK housing market

The government has announced new measures to support homebuyers, the building of more homes, to increase building safety and to create a commonwealth games legacy.

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