The RIBA has responded to the Government’s Building Safety Bill setting out proposed reforms to the building and fire safety system.
RIBA President, Alan Jones said:
“Four years on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the introduction of the Building Safety Bill to Parliament is long overdue.
Parts of the construction sector have been far too slow to change, and so a new regulatory system is key to securing public confidence.
We look forward to working with the new Building Safety Regulator and the Health and Safety Executive to implement effective changes. For example, we remain concerned that the proposed system does not fully address the fractured nature of current construction, procurement and contractual arrangements, which lack continuity of expertise.
Architects’ knowledge and skills are crucial to driving up the best standards in the built environment, and we will continue to work closely with the ARB to improve architectural education and professional development - ensuring that new competency measures enhance rather than burden the profession.
The practical details of the bill need urgent attention, in direct consultation with architects, and other experts within the sector – as we unite through a shared ambition to instil confidence and protect public safety.”
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