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2021

February

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    £3.5B government fund announced for removal of unsafe cladding in high-rise buildings - New levy and tax on developers

    Replacing unsafe cladding for leaseholders in residential buildings 18 metres (six storeys) and over will be fully funded.  Leaseholders in lower-rise buildings will have access to a long-term, low interest scheme. A developer levy and new tax for residential property development was also announced.

    Essential Reading

    Further reading

    Essential Reading: Our Insight

January

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    New national regulator for construction products announced – Ensuring homes are built from safe materials

    The regulator can remove unsafe products from the market, prosecute companies who break product safety rules and conduct its own product-testing. An independent review has also been commissioned to examine weaknesses in previous testing regimes for construction products.

    Further Reading
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    RICS issues consultation on guidance for valuation of high-rise residential buildings with cladding

    Consultation closed 25 January 2021.

    Further Reading

2020

December

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    Government announces Waking Watch Relief Fund and extension to Building Safety Fund

    The UK Parliament Building Safety Update announced a £30M Waking Watch Relief Fund for installation of fire alarm systems in private high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding. The deadline to apply for the £1B Building Safety Fund for replacement of unsafe non-ACM is extended to 30 June 2021.

    Further Reading

November

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    Parliamentary Committee report on Building Safety Bill published

    This follows legislative scrutiny, recommending that more detail is needed.

    Further Reading
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    Government announces EWS1 certificates are no longer required for buildings without cladding

    This means that where owners of flats are selling or re-mortgaging their property, they will not need an EWS1 certificate where there is no cladding on the building.

    Further Reading

July

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    Draft Building Safety Bill announced

    Implementing major reforms of the building safety system following response to Building a safer future consultation (April 2020) including:

     

    • Establishment of a new Building Safety Regulator (BSR);
    • New role of ‘building control approvers’, replacing the role of Approved Inspectors;
    • A new stricter regime for all ‘higher-risk buildings’ under the new three ‘Gateway’ system throughout planning, design and construction phases of a project;
    • A new ‘duty-holder’ regime, including an ‘Accountable Person’ throughout the occupation of ‘higher-risk’ buildings.


    Essential Reading

    Essential Reading: Our Insight
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    Government consultation: Fire safety and implementation of Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report

    Consultation closed 12 October 2020

    Further Reading

May

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    Registration prospectus published for Building Safety Fund for remediation of non-ACM cladding systems (England only)

    Registration prospectus: The £1bn fund is in addition to monies Government has already made available to cover cost of remediating high-rise buildings with unsafe ACM cladding.

    Applications for fund extended to 30 June 2021.

    Essential Reading: Our Insight

April

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    Government publishes response to ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation

    The response sets out proposals for a reformed building safety regulatory system in response to the Hackitt Report.

    Essential Reading: Our Insight

March

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    Government introduces the Fire Safety Bill

    Fire Safety Bill introduced to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales, requiring the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings to manage and reduce fire risk in the structure and external walls of the building.

    Essential Reading: Our Insight

January

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    Government consultation: Expanding aspects of ban on use of combustible materials in external walls

    Proposals include inclusion of hotels and boarding houses, lowering the height threshold of the ban from 18 to 11 metres, and banning combustible composite materials in all buildings, regardless of height.

    Consultation closed 25 May 2020

    Closed consultation - Review of the ban on the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of buildings

    Essential Reading: Our Insight

2019

December

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    New industry-wide process announced for valuation of high-rise buildings

    A new industry-wide voluntary valuation process is announced by RICS for buying, selling and re-mortgaging homes in buildings above 18 metres (six storeys), including the use of EWS1 forms. The External Wall Fire Review Process requires a fire safety assessment to be carried out by a suitably qualified person and is valid for five years.

    Further Reading

October

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    Report for Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower inquiry is published

    The report explains what occurred at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 and, among other things, recommends new legal requirements on owners and managers of high-rise residential buildings.

    Further Reading
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    Implementation of a new building safety standard is announced

    A new building safety standard is announced in the Queen’s Speech. Its purpose is to establish a new regulatory regime to create robust building safety standards, including the implementation of a new independent Building Safety Regulator (BSR).

    Essential Reading: Our Insight

June

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    Building a safer future consultation published

    Government consultation proposes reform of the building safety regulatory system in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, including creation of a ‘duty-holder’ system and increased focus on long-term maintenance and management of buildings post-construction.

    Consultation closed 31 July 2019

    Consultation outcome - Building a safer future—proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

    Charles Russell Speechlys provided a response to the consultation

    Essential Reading: Our Insight
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    Government consultation: Review of Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

    Government seeks views on its fitness for purpose for non-domestic premises, although the call for evidence considers whether the Order should apply to common parts of multi-occupied residential buildings and to mixed-use buildings.

    Consultation closed 31 July 2019

    Further Reading

May

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    Private Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Fund announced

    £200M fund to remediate unsafe ACM cladding on private sector residential buildings 18 m or higher. Applications for the fund closed 31 December 2019.

    Further Reading

2018

December

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    Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 come into force in England

    New Regulation 7(2) requires all materials which become part of a new or refurbished external wall on a building above 18m, containing one or more dwellings, to be of limited combustibility.

May

2017

June

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    Grenfell Tower disaster

    Fire breaks out at the 23 storey tower block in North Kensington, West London.

2015

October

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    New version, BS 9991:2015 published

    Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings – Code of Practice is published and recommends any cladding and insulation material used above 18m should be of limited combustibility.

2011

December

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    BS 9991: 2011 Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings – Code of Practice published

    It recommends that combustible materials should not be used in cladding systems.

2010

October

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    Current Building Regulations 2010 come into force

    Parts B1 – B5, relating to fire safety, remain as per Building Regulations 2000.

2005

June

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    Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in force

    It covers general fire safety in England and Wales and will be amended by the Fire Safety Bill.

1991 - 2000

January

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    Building Regulations

    Further versions of Building Regulations come into force, including a new Part B5 relating to access and facilities for the fire service.

1984

October

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    Building Act 1984 comes into force

    Building Act 1984 comes into force permitting Building Regulations to be made and to approve ‘Approved Documents’.

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