Section: Building & Regeneration

Residents encouraged to have their say to improve building safety

Posted 06.06.19
GOV.UK: Further reading

The Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017 resulted in the greatest loss of life in a residential fire in a century.

From subsequent research into building safety culture across the industry, it became apparent that too many in the building industry were taking short cuts that could endanger residents.

The government commissioned Dame Judith Hackitt, an engineer and former chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive, to review the system and find out how it can be improved.

Dame Judith's Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety made it clear that there needs to be a culture change in the industry, underpinned by changing how homes are designed, built, maintained and managed in the future.

Following the review, it became evident that the government needed to take forward all of Dame Judith's recommendations and go further.

In December 2018, the government published its plan to make building regulations stronger and more effective. The plan, Building a Safer Future, committed the government to ensuring that high-rise residential buildings are safe to live in.

The government has stated its intention to bring forward new laws to improve building safety. Before doing this, it has launched consultation that aims to give a stronger voice for residents of high-rise buildings to ensure their concerns are never ignored.

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Places for People and ilke Homes join forces in one of UK housing's biggest modular deals

Posted 03.06.19
Places for People: Further reading

Places for People has announced a joint venture with ilke Homes to deliver hundreds of modular homes, as confidence in offsite manufacturing (OSM) grows.

In the largest deal yet for Britain's modular housing sector, Places for People will purchase 750 units from ilke Homes, including 500 for sites it already owns and 250 for new schemes it will partner on to develop affordable and market-priced housing.

The benefits of volumetric modular construction - where precision-engineered, factory-finished modules are assembled on-site - include:

Based in Yorkshire, ilke Homes has won a number of industry awards.

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