Dame Judith Hackitt has published her interim report into the review of building regulations and fire safety.
Speaking on the publication of the report on 18 December 2017, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, Chair of the Greater Manchester High Rise Taskforce, said:
“We welcome the initial findings of the review and the recognition that the building regulation system is highly complex and not fit for purpose. In Greater Manchester, we have called for an overhaul of the system to ensure fire safety is at the heart of buildings for their entire lifecycle so we’re pleased Dame Judith Hackitt shares our view.
“Locally, the fire service has inspected all residential high rises in Greater Manchester and continues to work with local authorities, housing providers and building owners to make sure the right fire safety advice is in place and people feel safe in their homes. Ultimately we are working towards a Greater Manchester standard of fire safety that puts the expertise of our fire service at the centre.
“But it’s clear that changes need to be taken nationally to ensure a tragedy like Grenfell can never happen again. The interim findings of this review are a positive first step on what is a complex but critical journey and we look forward to continuing to work with Dame Judith Hackitt and her team to progress this work.”
The Task Force was set up by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham following the Grenfell Tower tragedy to provide fire safety reassurance to thousands of local residents living in high rises across the city-region.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has now inspected all residential high rises in Greater Manchester and continues to work with building owners to ensure the right fire safety advice is in place.
Read Greater Manchester's submission to the Hackitt Review here.