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RIBA responds to ‘Raising the Bar’ report

21 August 2019

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Wednesday 21 August) responded to the Construction Industry Council’s (CIC) Competence Steering Group’s (CSG) interim report Raising the Bar, which sets out to improve the competence of those who design, construct, inspect, maintain and operate higher risk residential buildings and make buildings safer.

Adrian Dobson, Executive Director Professional Services, said:

“The tragedy at Grenfell showed that there are serious flaws in the system for fire and building safety. This interim report paves the way to ensure that the knowledge, skills and experience of those involved in the design and construction of higher risk buildings are up to the standard that the public deserves.

There is a real role here for architects. The RIBA will continue to enhance its CPD requirements and provision in relation to health and life safety, and stands ready to play its part in any future accreditation system for those working on higher risk buildings. We welcome use of the RIBA Plan of Work throughout the report as a model for the industry to guide processes and manage building safety in the various phases.”


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