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ISSG reports slow progress on culture change in construction

The Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG) report says culture change has been slow in the construction industry due in part to its “fragmented nature”.
BIM. high-rise residential,

BIM to be mandatory on high-rise residential projects

The government has proposed to make BIM processes mandatory on high-rise residential projects over 18 metres, as it sets out stricter measures to improve safety.
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HS2 appoint Dame Judith Hackitt and Stephen Hughes as directors

Chris Grayling has announced the appointments of Dame Judith Hackitt and Stephen Hughes to the board as non-executive directors (NEDs) on the board of HS2.
Grenfell Tower fire, PI policy,

Grenfell Tower Fire – The law of unintended consequences

The Grenfell Tower fire was a disaster which affected many people in this country. For town planners, building designers, building control, and contractors it marked a very low point in our industry’s history and evolution.
Fire safety

Loud and clear: Residents’ voices must be heard post-Hackitt

Fire safety has been ramping up, that of resident engagement. Mark Varley, group head of health and safety at FirstPort, takes a look.
Hackitt review, Public Service Mutuals policy,

Opinion: Hackitt Review and the mutuals policy

Paul from the ACAI looks at how the Hackitt review risks reducing building control competition and how it could cause the government’s regulatory standards of Approved Inspectors to slip under the Public Service Mutuals policy.
BIM4Housing, Housing sector,

Banging the drum for BIM: How BIM awareness is changing

Andrew Carpenter, chair of BIM4Housing, says that BIM is starting to change in the wake of the Hackitt Review and the rise of offsite construction – but we need a continuing drive to raise awareness of its benefits.
BIM Today,

BIM Today March 2019

In this issue of BIM Today, we look at the role of BIM in the golden thread, ISO 19650, the BIM 2050 report, drone usage in the industry and much more!

Meet our editorial board members: Construction industry experts

We sat down for the first time with members of our Editorial Board to get the latest insight on the UK construction industry and delve a little deeper into current concerns surrounding the sector.
PBC Today February 2019

PBC Today February 2019

In February's PBC Today, we take a look at the Construction Innovation Hub, modern 21st Century construction, a look at what's in store for 2019, and more!
Approved inspectors, LABC, building control,

A level playing field for Approved Inspectors

The Welsh government’s rejection of proposals to only allow LABC building inspectors to oversee high-rise residential buildings recognises the important role Approved Inspectors play in this key area of building control, argues Paul Wilkins.
developments, construction industry,

A year of developments in construction – and what 2019 may...

2018 saw some big changes and big challenges for the construction industry. Simon Lewis and Hannah Gardiner of law firm Womble Bond Dickinson look back at the key developments – and highlight what we can expect in the year ahead.
building regulations, ACAI,

ACAI responds to MHCLG committee sessions on building regulations

The House of Commons MHCLG Committee has taken evidence from Dame Judith Hackitt and Housing Minister Kit Malthouse on the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
high rise blocks,

Government’s progress on dangerous cladding a “national shame”

Shadow secretary of state for housing, John Healey, questioned the House of Commons on the action taken by the Government on high-rise residential blocks with dangerous cladding.
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 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.
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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.
100% Hackitt

BBA and LABC urge industry to back 100% Hackitt

100% Hackitt – an industry initiative to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations contained within Dame Judith's report – has been launched by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA)
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

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
Hackitt Review

Opinion: Why we must get behind the Hackitt Review’s call for...

Paul Everall, chief exec of LABC gives his response to claims made by Paul Wilkins of the ACAI that the Hackitt Review was wrong to call for approved inspectors to be excluded from inspecting high-rise residential blocks
Hackitt Report

GDPR and the Hackitt Report: Earthquakes reshaping industries

The GDPR and the Hackitt Review may deal with very different areas but both call for systemic change in business processes and putting people at the heart of decision-making. Jonathan Hunter, chief operating officer of Elecosoft, looks at the similarities between the new European law and a post-Grenfell world
Approved inspectors

The Hackitt Review: Where it went wrong on approved inspectors

The Hackitt Review made a number of recommendations that will improve safety throughout the lifetime of a building. However, argues Paul Wilkins, it got it wrong on the role of private approved inspectors
Building a Safer Future

Construction Industry Council responds to Hackitt reforms

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has published its response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Building a Safer Future’ report, commissioned by government following the Grenfell Tower fire

Hackitt Review calls for “radical rethink” of regulations – but no...

The independent review of building regulations and fire safety set up by the government in the wake the Grenfell Tower disaster has called for a "radical rethink" of the system - but has rejected calls to ban flammable cladding
working groups

Dame Judith Hackitt hears considerations from industry working groups

Dame Judith Hackitt hosted a meeting of the Chairs of the working groups which were formed following the Independent Review’s interim report publication in December and Summit meeting in January

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