The Building Safety Bill (BSB) and the Fire Safety Bill (FSB) are the direct result of recommendations made in the Grenfell enquiry and the Hackitt Review. This insight provides an overview of the BSB.
Sweeping changes are proposed by the BSB which will result in direct accountability and responsibility for the “lifecycle” of a building, including the design, construction and occupation of a building. At the same time, new enforcement and regulatory powers will be brought into effect which will create a much tougher regime in the event of a breach of the new rules.
The Building Safety Bill (BSB) and the Fire Safety Bill (FSB) are not yet law, do I need to be concerned?
In a word – yes. You need to be preparing for both pieces of legislation now. The framework proposed by the BSB is going to require fundamental changes to how you design, construct and manage high rise buildings and the FSB significantly increases the responsibilities of the designated “Responsible Person” in multi-occupancy buildings. Whilst it is still in draft format, the fundamental building blocks of the legislation as set out in the BSB are unlikely to change.
Do you need more information on how The Building Safety Bill will impact the building industry?
The BSB is enormous in its scale and the impact upon the building industry and the safety management of higher risk buildings far reaching. Much of the detail is going to be the subject of secondary legislation, but everyone involved in the industry should be considering the changes they will need to make to meet the new requirements.
We have a dedicated team of specialists advising across the spectrum of issues presented by the BSB, and also advising developer and housebuilding clients in connection with the multi-faceted issues brought about by unsafe cladding.
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