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Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety Interim Report

Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower Dame Judith Hackitt was appointed by the government to lead an independent review into Building Regulations and fire safety that was to run alongside the public enquiry chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick. Dame Judith’s review is separate from the public inquiry and has been tasked with reviewing the current regulations and producing recommendations sooner than is possible with the public enquiry.

The interim report is a call to action for an entire industry and those parts of government that oversee it, and true and lasting change will require a universal shift in culture

This indicates that Dame Hackitt is determined to drive through changes to the way fire safety is regulated within England and Wales, and is not prepared to allow the review to gather dust as has happened to previous reports into fatal fires in recent years.

An interim report has been produced, which precedes the full report that is due in spring 2018 and provides some key findings and direction of travel for the second phase of the review.

Key Findings:

The work of the review to date has found that the current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for purpose, both during construction and occupation of the building.

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