A REVIEW in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy will consider whether there have been “potential systemic failures” in building and fire regulations.
The government published the terms of reference for the independent review of building regulations and fire safety yesterday.
The review, to be led by former Health & Safety Executive chair Dame Judith Hackitt and focusing on tower blocks, was announced in July, following the previous month’s Grenfell Tower fire in west London, in which at least 80 people died and hundreds of residents were displaced.
Cladding systems installed on high-rise residential blocks around the country failed fire safety tests carried out with urgency after the blaze.
The review will submit an interim report this autumn with a final version due to be on ministers’ desks in spring 2018.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Following the fire, I commissioned a series of large-scale tests which have raised the question of whether there have been potential systemic failures within the building regulatory and fire safety system.
“This independent review led by Dame Judith Hackitt will address any potential failures and recommend how we ensure the whole building regulations and fire safety system is robust. I am determined that we do everything possible to make people safe and to ensure that they feel safe.”
Dame Judith promised an “urgent, fresh and comprehensive” examination of the regulatory system, along with compliance and enforcement issues.
She said: “It’s right that we consider the whole system together and ensure that everything possible is done to improve the safety of buildings.
“I will also be speaking to residents of multi-occupancy residential buildings, who must have a voice about these important issues that affect their safety.”