None of us will forget the dreadful events that took place at Grenfell Tower in June 2017 and nor should we.
So two years on we have seen Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The Review found that the system was not fit for purpose, leaving room for those who wish to take short-cuts to do so. It also set out 53 recommendations to establish a new regulatory framework and achieve a culture change to create and maintain safe buildings. Following that the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Governments issued the Building a Safer Future report which sets out a road map of how we ensure that our buildings keep people safe.
As a housing sector we have a massive appetite to grab these changes and do whatever we can to keep the people that live in our homes as safe as possible. But it won’t be easy or straight forward. Now more than ever we have to (as a sector) go above and beyond along with making sure that we listen more than ever to our customers about where they live and what they have to say….
From speaking with many colleagues across our sector and others I am encouraged to see that we are starting to rebuild our confidence. Yes we are spending millions on building safety improvements but crucially we are starting to ask the right questions of builders, construction professionals, product manufacturers and each other. In doing all this we are introducing a new level of learning and expertise into our sector – one that we need and one that will ultimately keep our buildings and the people that choose to live in them safe.