Manchester joins ranks of Hackitt's Grenfell building safety review's early adopters

MANCHESTER City Council has been named as one of the first local authorities to become ‘early adopters’ of the Hackitt Review’s recommendations for building safety.

By joining this group – which also includes Birmingham, Wandsworth, and Camden councils – Manchester has committed itself to protect residents by putting safety first, ahead of all other building priorities.

The review, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, was undertaken in the wake of the Grenfell tower tragedy. She declared the then existing system of building regulations compliance and fire safety to be “broken”, and set out a measures for a root and branch overhaul of building safety.

Her review is intended to act as a guidance for behaviours around the management of high-rise properties to ensure fire and building safety for residents.

“Manchester residents in private high-rise blocks are still feeling the impact of the Grenfell tragedy. Too many buildings still haven’t been remediated and the costs are being unfairly heaped onto leaseholders,” said Councillor Suzanne Richards, the council’s executive member for housing and regeneration.

“I hope that by being part of the conversation with Government on Hackitt we can continue to influence action at a national level so that these blocks are remediated as quickly and fairly as possible.

“What’s clear is that there is a lack of consistency within the industry about materials and building standards that is unacceptable, and we hope by being an early adopter to the Hackitt review we can help shape future development to ensure safety standards are central to the process.”

The group of early adopters also includes private sector organisations as existing members, such as Willmott Dixon and Kier, along with housing associations including L&Q and Salford’s Salix Homes.

The main aims of the scheme of early adopters is for members to:

  • Lead and drive forward Hackitt recommendations to champion building safety and share best practice to encourage culture change across industry
  • Implement changes across their organisations to ensure building safety is considered upfront so that buildings they are working on are safer for residents, prior to changes in regulations and legislation
  • Support Government and play an active role in the development of building safety policy

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