The Grenfell Tower tragedy raised the issue of building safety in tall buildings across the country and with 18 high-rise blocks, Salix Homes, based in Salford, Greater Manchester, has been at the forefront of identifying a new approach for the industry.
As one of three housing providers who are part of the Government’s Early Adopters Group (and the only one based outside London), the housing association has played a key role in advising and trialling the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
The critical and wide-ranging review is set to transform how the building industry operates and the Early Adopters have become integral in helping prepare the industry for future reforms and the launch of a new Building Safety Charter. This has included testing how residents and contractors can report building faults in a confidential, no-blame process; the creation and management of digitalised building information; and the development of a new approval process for specific phases of the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings to ensure their safety.
As with many housing providers across the country, Salix Homes has also learnt first hand the challenges associated with the removal of ACM cladding and roll-out of safety enhancement measures across its high-rise buildings.
Join professionals from across the housing sector to discuss the latest policy updates, share learning and good practice in building safety, and approaches to legislation changes in this one-day roundtable, informed by Salix Homes experience as an early adopter. The session will cover, but not be limited to:
- Clarification of the Building Safety proposals (based on the understanding of Salix Homes)
- Outcomes of some of the Building Safety principles Salix Homes have been testing (such as Mandatory Occurrence Reporting/ culture change/ organisational structure etc)
- Insight into the proposed ‘Safety Case’
- Future audits and inspections
- Forthcoming Building Safety Charter
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