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...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Construction?

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

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