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Grenfell and Construction Industry Reform
A Guide for the Construction Professional

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ISBN 9780367552855
September 10, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
120 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In the wake of the tragic events of the fire at Grenfell Tower, the inquiry into the fire and the independent Hackitt Review revealed deep-rooted and unpalatable truths about the current state of the UK construction industry. Dame Judith Hackitt was scathing in her assessment of the construction industry denouncing it as "an industry that has not reflected and learned for itself, nor looked to other sectors" and defining the key issues as ignorance, indifference, lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities and inadequate regulatory oversight and enforcement tools.

There is an urgent need to change practices and behaviours to prevent a similar tragedy from reoccurring. This book sets out the changes required, why they are required, how they are to be achieved and the progress towards them to date.

Implementation of these major safety reforms will move the construction industry from the conditions that allowed the fire at Grenfell Tower to occur, to a system where construction professionals take greater responsibility for the safety of residents in their buildings. This book provides an overview of how the movement towards implementing a new building safety regime has unfolded over the last three years and details what still needs to be done if residents are to feel safe and be safe in their own homes.

Table of Contents

1. The Grenfell Tower Fire  2. The Hackitt Review  3. The Government Response and the Draft Building Safety Bill  4. Competency Frameworks  5. The Golden Thread and Traceability  6. Three Years On

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Steve Phillips is a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Building Engineer who is a Senior Lecturer in Building Surveying at Northumbria University.

Jim Martin is Executive Chairman of the Martin Arnold Group, UK. He is Chair of the Housing Forum’s Working Group: Smarter Supply: Smarter Homes and Conference Panel Member: Implementing the Hackitt Review: Next Steps (2019).