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Building Safety Regulator raises concerns

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), the government's major-projects body, has raised concerns about the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) just ahead of its full responsibilities taking effect. In its annual report, the IPA gave the BSR an 'amber' rating, indicating that successful delivery is possible, but significant issues requiring management attention already exist. However, specific details about the problems were not provided in the report.

The BSR, set to lead the new regulatory regime for buildings from October, will have the authority to approve designs and occupancy for high-risk or high-rise buildings. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) oversees the BSR, and despite acknowledging significant issues, they are actively addressing them and working closely with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities.

Additionally, the IPA highlighted significant issues with the Grenfell Tower memorial project, which is being led by local residents, survivors, and bereaved individuals. Safety works on the tower were completed in October 2022, with ongoing monitoring of its condition. The final report from the Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission is expected in September.

Overall, the government recognizes the challenges in establishing the BSR and aims to implement significant changes in building safety regulation, ensuring the BSR stays on track to meet agreed timelines.

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Last updated 07 August 23