The Construction Leadership Council welcomes two recent building safety publications:
- Third report on the progress of culture change in the built environment – Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG); and
- Guidance on collaborative procurement for design and construction to support building safety – Procurement Advisory Group (PAG).
Third ISSG Report
The ISSG, chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt, has produced its third annual report on the progress of the industry.
The report highlights areas of good practice, particularly in industry-wide initiatives, but finds that there is not yet a critical mass of industry players demonstrating the leadership necessary to accelerate the pace of change and rebuild trust in the sector following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017.
The CLC agrees that the industry has more action to take, in terms of improving its working practices to enable buildings and the products that are used, to be safe for the people who live and work in them. It is right that the sector should go further and faster in demonstrating effective leadership on building safety.
The Building a Safer Future Charter and the Code for Construction Product Information have been highlighted as good examples of industry leadership on building safety. The CLC will encourage the industry to increase awareness of, and consider signing up to both initiatives.
Read the report here.
Guidance on Collaborative Procurement
Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, highlighted the need for procurement practices to improve in the construction industry. Improving procurement practices across the construction industry could significantly improve the safety and quality of buildings.
The Procurement Advisory Group’s guidance has been developed to support clients and industry in adopting and implementing procurement practices that will deliver safer buildings. It:
- Examines evidence of the ways in which collaborative procurement can lead to safer, better-quality outcomes; and
- Explains how clients and their project teams can use collaborative procurement in practice.
These approaches should be adopted on all construction projects, and the guidance shows why it is essential to adopt them on projects that are ‘in-scope’ of the new regulatory regime that will be introduced through the Government’s Building Safety Bill (Act).
Read the guidance here.