30 October 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
An initiative to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations contained within Dame Judith Hackitt's Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety has been launched.
Named '100% Hackitt', the initiative aims to persuade the industry to adopt all measures recommended by Hackitt after the horrific Grenfell fire in 2017 on a west London housing estate claimed dozens of lives.
The initiative was launched by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA). There is a website for the project www.100-hackitt.co.uk and pledge cards for supporters to sign up to the initiative and push for an Early Day Motion debate in the House of Commons.
Dame Judith Hackitt attended the launch, delivering a speech to a large number of cross-party politicians, policy advisors and industry body representatives, telling them there was "massive need" for culture change throughout the industry, with responsibilities clearly defined at every stage of a building's lifecycle.
She said: "Much remains to be done to bring the construction industry up to the standards of other industries in terms of accountability, transparency and record keeping Don't tinker, don't tweak, it has to be fundamental." Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA chief executive, said: "The BBA is backing this initiative as strongly as we possibly can because we want to see bad practices in the industry eliminated and protection for the public and companies that are fully committed to high standards of delivery."
Paul Everall, LABC chief executive, added: "The LABC and the BBA share the same outlook and are determined to make a difference in our industry. But we're not waiting; we're getting on with building a safer future together - right now. The 100% Hackitt initiative is a space for everyone who wants to see systemic change in the construction industry and I hope the whole industry gets behind it."
The launch event was facilitated by cross-party think tank Policy Connect through its parliamentary forum for the built environment, the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum.
The initiative has the support of senior figures across the construction and fire safety sector including the Fire Sector Federation.
100% Hackitt aims to unite those who wish to see cultural change in the construction industry, promoting safety and public trust via a forum that provides on-going opportunities to discuss cross-discipline issues whilst keeping pressure on ministers to adopt all of the Hackitt review recommendations.
But Claire Curtis-Thomas warned that it's government rather than industry responsible for many of the recommendations but any new regulation or legislation will receive support from the initiative and those that "recognise that business as usual is not an option".
For full information about 100% Hackitt, visit: www.100-hackitt.co.uk