What is the Building a Safer Future Charter?

Developers and construction firms involved in taller buildings should be aware of a new voluntary charter that has government support and will likely have strong connections with the new building safety regulator.

The Building a Safer Future Charter is a voluntary body born out of the many recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future Review.

Formed by a small group of ‘Early Adopters’ with support of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the government encouraged organisations to sign-up to the Charter in its response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation in April 2020.

Since then the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) has been appointed to develop and manage the Charter and has established a not-for-profit organisation to support its activities.

Who should sign the charter?

The Charter currently covers all higher-risk and in-scope hi-rise residential buildings being constructed or refurbished which are over 18m or six storeys high. The Charter’s mission goes further, stating that “we believe that all buildings, of whatever height, should apply the principles of the Charter.”

On its website under the heading “Why does the Charter exist?”, it states it is “focussed on driving up standards, changing culture and behaviours and raising the bar in relation to building safety from design through to management and maintenance.”

Organisations are invited to become registered signatories while individuals can also join as charter supporters. They will work in or have a professional connection or interest in the UK built environment and are involved in pre, during and post construction activity.

What are the benefits of being a signatory?

The Charter is very clear that any signatories should not use it as a branding or promotional exercise. Instead, those registered will:

  • Have their organisation name/logo listed on the Registered Signatories website section
  • Gain exclusive access to use resources and provide content for the Learning and Excellence Hub
  • Receive regular Charter Signatory newsletters and invitations to future Building a Safer Future Charter events

Which organisations have signed up?

The website currently lists building control bodies, local authorities, housing providers, contractors and chartered surveyors.

More information can be found on the Building a Safer Future charter website.

 

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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