Dame Judith Hackitt’s report, Building a Safer Future proposed resetting of the industry’s attitude toward risk, regulation and project delivery. Her recommendations included:

• a new regulatory body
• an overhaul of product testing and certification
• a clear thread of information from project conception to occupation
• a more rigorous approach towards measuring and maintaining competence
• the need for the industry to own the responsibility for building safety.

Last year the government started trialling the new regulatory authority, and will use these experiences to inform its consultation on the next steps forward.

As the consultation is expected at the end of May and the Steering Group on Competence will be publishing its final recommendations on a new, more rigorous competence framework at the same time, book your place on this critical half day conference to look at:

• the lessons learned so far
• the implications of the government consultation and work on competence to date
• plus discover what this means for the supply chain


15.00 – 15.30: Registration and networking

15.30 – 15.45: Welcome from Thomas Lane, Group technical editor, Building

15.45 – 16.45: Panel debate – Understanding the impacts of the new regulatory framework
The government has committed to implementing the recommendations of the Hackitt Review which includes the Joint Competent Authority, a new regulator comprising local authority building control, the HSE and the fire and rescue service. The government has established the Joint Regulators Group to trial the new regulatory body. This session looks at progress to date and what the findings mean for the industry

Panellists include: 

Chair: Thomas Lane, Group technical editor, Building
Peter Baker
, Director, HSE Building Safety Programme Response
Nick Coombe, strategic technical advisor, London Fire Brigade
Andrew Mellor, partner, PRP
Martin Taylor, director of regulatory policy, LABC
Rebecca Rees, partner, Trowers & Hamlins

16.45 – 17.00: Tea break

17.00 – 17.15: Keynote speech – a new framework to ensure competence
Graham Watts,
chief executive, Construction Industry Council and chair, Competence Steering Group

17.15 – 18.15: Panel debate – What the lessons to date mean for clients and the supply chain
Eight housebuilders and contractors are trialling Hackitt’s recommendations including maintaining a digital record of a buildings makeup and ensuring workers are aware of their building safety responsibilities. What do the findings from the Joint Regulators Group, the Competence Steering Group and the early adopters mean for the rest of the industry?

Panellists include: 

Chair: Chloe McCulloch, editor, Building Magazine
Jim Martin
, executive chairman, Martin Arnold
Martin Taylor, director of regulatory policy, LABC
Graham Watts, chief executive, Construction Industry Council and chair, Competence Steering Group
Graeme Whitty, director for technical improvement, Willmott Dixon

18.15 – 20.00: Networking drinks


Bloomsbury Hotel
16-22 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NN

The Bloomsbury hotel is just a stone’s throw from Theatreland, Soho and Covent Garden and 5 minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.