Bill to make high-rise res safer

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has introduced a new Building Safety Bill in Westminster which aims to ensure the delivery of safe, high-rise residential buildings.

The Bill will overhaul regulations to set up a clear pathway on how residential buildings should be constructed, maintained and made safe.

It also mandates that developers belong to a New Homes Ombudsman scheme and sets out a framework for improving compliance.

The Bill will strengthen the construction products regulatory regime to ensure that more products are safe, and introduces a new developer tax and levy.

Full details of the Bill are available here. Whilst the bill primarily applies to England and Wales, the key elements that apply to Northern Ireland are construction products (section 133 and Schedule 9) and architects’ registration and competence (sections 135 and 136).

RIBA has put together this useful article on how the Bill is relevant to architects.