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Building Safety

Helping to deliver a safe built environment is a top priority for CIC and its member organisations who enable the construction industry to play a key role in ensuring safety during the design, construction, completion and occupation of buildings.

With new reforms being introduced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, building safety is as critical as ever and CIC is involved in a number activities in this area.

CIC, alongside its member organisations, has been playing its part to ensure that the new Building Safety Bill undergoes a thorough scrutiny to ensure that the most effective and workable regime is achieved from the legislation. The CIC Building Safety Committee - which supersedes the CIC's After-Grenfell Panel - was formed in September 2020 and is led by former CIC Chair Professor John Nolan CBE. This committee of members’ experts meets regularly to discuss the progress of the Bill and other relevant building safety measures.

CIC Chief Executive Graham Watts is leading the Construction Leadership Council Building Safety Workstream, together with Peter Caplehorn of CPA. This work has led to the creation of a Coordination group and a Challenge Panel.

As part of the new building safety regime, HSE is establishing an independent Building Safety Regulator. CIC regularly meets with officials preparing for this new role. This includes the HSE Chief Inspector, the new Chief Inspector of Building Safety and the new chair and secretariat of the Interim Industry Competence Committee which has been formed by the Regulator.