Following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, the Building Safety Act was introduced by parliament. The aim of this Bill is to improve the safety of buildings. It also has a particular emphasis on ‘higher risk buildings’, which are over a specified height.
The Building Safety Act was put in place to give residents more power to hold builders and developers accountable. It will also mean tougher sanctions against those that are jeopardising the safety of residents. The Bill passed Royal Assent on 28 April 2022 and will apply to both current and future ‘high-risk’ buildings.
Those working in construction and procurement may wonder how the Building Safety Act will impact the industry. Keep reading to learn the answers!
Here are some of the main points of change within the Building Safety Act:
A Building Safety Regulator will be responsible for overseeing the new regime. Initially, however, this role is to be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive. They will have to ensure that any building safety risks are effectively managed.
Many of the Building Safety Act’s elements from 1984 will be revised to be more up to date.
This will be for new and existing high-rise residential buildings of 18m and above (seven storeys or more).
The New Home Ombudsman scheme aims to provide methods of resolutions for complaints and disputes. These disputes are those issued by buyers of new build homes against the developers.
Given the fire damage at Grenfell, the materials used in construction will now be under heavy scrutiny. It is vital that materials and products are considered for all possible incidents.
Due to the outdated Bill, the government is extending time periods in which landlords and developers can be held accountable. This offers residents more of an opportunity to hold them accountable for issues from before the Building Safety Act’s revision.
The introduction of further key decision points (gateways) will enhance development management.
As the Building Safety Act comes into force, there will be a range of changes within the construction industry. These changes will also affect the way tendering is conducted. Some of the impacts we expect are as follows…
Due to the changes within the Building Safety Act, we suspect that quality questions will become the focus. There will likely be a far greater emphasis on the health and safety aspects of tenders.
Suppliers will be expected to give evidence to support their claims. Plus, they’ll need to show how these are carried out and put in place for years to come. The longevity of safety is a key part of the Building Safety Act. Buyers will want to know that suitable building materials will be used. As well as the methods and the various precautions in place to safeguard residents.
Here’s a summary of what we covered:
There will likely be more emphasis on quality questions in tenders and bid proposals. Health and safety will be the primary focus.
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