28 February 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
A member of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) will sit on an additional working group to advise Dame Judith Hackitt's review into building safety after the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower last year.
Hackitt had already invited the LABC to participate in three working groups, but LABC's commercial director, Martin Taylor, has now been asked to join an additional "Golden Thread working group".
The Golden Thread group will focus on key points from the interim report into the Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, including the need for a golden thread for all complex and high-risk building projects so that the original design intent is preserved and any changes go through a formal review process.
Lorna Stimpson, deputy MD for LABC, said: "These are important working groups informing the recommendations of the Hackitt Review and we welcome the opportunity to add our expertise to their deliberations."
The LABC represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. Its network of 3,000 professional surveyors provide advice and services on a 'not-for-profit' basis to home and property owners, architects, plan drawers, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure that buildings are safe, healthy and efficient to meet the standards set by building regulations.
An occupation and maintenance working group is one of six to be established to develop solutions in related areas in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire last year in West London, which claimed the lives of at least 80 people.