Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: final report published

The final report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned after the Grenfell Tower fire, has been published today.
 
In the foreword of the report Dame Judith Hackitt, who led the review, stated that the current regulatory system for high-rise and complex buildings was not "fit for purpose."
 
She outlined the areas which the review identified as underpinning the system failure which led to the tragedy: Ignorance of regulations and guidance, indifference to delivering quality homes and prioritising safety, a lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities and inadequate regulatory oversight.
 
Dame Judith added that, "The above issues have helped to create a cultural issue across the sector, which can be described as a ‘race to the bottom’ caused either through ignorance, indifference, or because the system does not facilitate good practice. There is insufficient focus on delivering the best quality building possible, in order to ensure that residents are safe, and feel safe."
 
The foreword from Dame Judith, which provides an overview of the reports' recommendations, can be found here. The full report can be downloaded here, and the press release from the MHCLG can be read here.

Responding to the publication of the report, the Local Government Association said, “It is ... disappointing that Dame Judith has stopped short of recommending a ban on combustible materials and the use of desktop studies, both essential measures to improve safety.” Labour's Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey has responded by saying, “It beggars belief that the government’s building safety review gives the green light to combustible materials on high-rise blocks. Whilst some steps are welcome, this is a missed opportunity to set new safety standards that ensure a disaster like the Grenfell Tower fire can never happen again."

However, following the publication of the report, housing secretary James Brokenshire confirmed in a statement to Parliament that the government will consult on the banning of cladding on tower blocks. The full statement can be read here.  
 
HQN will be analysing the details of this report over the coming days, and will be distributing a network briefing next week to members which will look at its proposals in-depth.