Paul Morrell, the former chief construction adviser to the government, is to co-chair an independent review of the system for testing construction products in UK. Morrell will share responsibility for chairing the review’s panel with legal expert Anneliese Day QC.
The review, announced earlier this year, will examine how to strengthen the current system for testing construction products to provide confidence that they are safe and perform as marketed.
It is part of a series of measures being taken to reform building safety regulation in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The review is expected to report its findings later this year.
GAI Chief Executive Simon Forrester said of the news “this review of the testing system is much overdue. We have long been concerned about the inequality between those who carry out proper testing to protect lives and maintain integrity, and those who bend the rules to push sub-standard products into the market. We look forward to submitting our views to the panel.”
In a further move, the UK Construction Leadership Council (CLC) have responded to the Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG) whose role is to report on the progress of the construction industry in delivering culture change to support greater building safety; and to challenge and hold industry to account on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
This letter can be downloaded from here.
This push for increased competencies in the construction industry is greatly supported by GAI, with GAI Technical Manager Douglas Masterson recently appointed as co-chair on Working Group 12 (the Construction Products Competence Working Group).