Fire safety developments following the Grenfell Tower fire
Fire safety developments following the Grenfell Tower fire

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Fire safety developments following the Grenfell Tower fire
  • Hackitt review
  • Background and interim report
  • Final report
  • Combustible cladding ban
  • Background
  • Buildings to which the ban applies
  • Attachments
  • Materials
  • Transitional measures
  • More...

This Practice Note sets out key developments in relation to fire safety following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017. Among other things, it looks at:

  1. the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (the ‘Hackitt review’)

  2. the ban on the use of combustible cladding on high-rise residential (and certain other) buildings—introduced by way of amendments to the Building Regulations 2010, SI 2010/2214 (the Building Regulations)

  3. restrictions on the use of assessments in lieu of testing (also known as ‘desktop studies’)

  4. the government’s ‘Building a Safer Future’ implementation plan

  5. the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Several of the developments fall under the government’s Building Safety Programme. The programme was set up shortly after the Grenfell Tower fire, with the aim of ensuring the safety of those living in high-rise residential buildings. Note that fire safety policy is devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

See also Practice Note: Construction horizon scanner—Fire safety, which tracks upcoming developments relevant to fire safety.

Hackitt review

The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was an independent review commissioned by the government. Its aim was to assess the effectiveness of building and fire safety regulations, and related compliance and enforcement issues, with a focus on multi-occupancy high-rise residential buildings. It was led by Dame Judith Hackitt (the former chair of the Health and Safety Executive), and is often referred to as the

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