Campaigning to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt’s report , a new initiative – called 100% Hackitt – was launched in Westminster on Monday, 22 October by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA).
Both organisations have united to back industry calls for the full adoption of Dame Judith’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, after the Grenfell Tower fire.
They are launching a new website www.100-hackitt.co.uk, producing pledge cards for supporters to sign up to the initiative, and pushing for an Early Day Motion debate in the House of Commons.
Their message is clear and unequivocal – the Hackitt review recommendations must be implemented in full.
“Don’t tinker, don’t tweak, it has to be fundamental.”
Dame Judith attended the launch, speaking to cross-party politicians, policy advisors and industry body representatives, telling them there was “massive need” for a culture change across industry, with responsibilities clearly defined at every stage of a building’s lifecycle. “Much remains to be done to bring the construction industry up to the standards of other industries in terms of accountability, transparency and record keeping,” she said. “Don’t tinker, don’t tweak, it has to be fundamental.”
Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA Chief Executive, described the 100% Hackitt initiative as ‘the best thing for the British construction industry in a generation’, adding: “The BBA is backing this initiative as strongly as we possibly can because we want to see bad practices in the industry eliminated and protection for the public and companies that are fully committed to high standards of delivery.”
We’re not waiting
Her comments were echoed by Paul Everall, LABC Chief Executive: “The LABC and the BBA share the same outlook and are determined to make a difference in our industry. But we’re not waiting, we’re getting on with building a safer future together – right now. The 100% Hackitt initiative is a space for everyone who wants to see systemic change in the construction industry and I hope the whole industry gets behind it.”
100% Hackitt unites those who wish to see cultural change in the construction industry, promoting safety and public trust via a forum which provides on-going opportunities to discuss cross-discipline issues whilst keeping pressure on Ministers to adopt all of the Hackitt review recommendations.
“Dame Judith’s review of building regulations and fire safety showed systemic change is required within our industry,” added Claire Curtis-Thomas. “Her report came with a warning that cherry-picking recommendations would compromise their overall effectiveness and it is this ‘pick and mix’ approach that the BBA and LABC are urging the government to avoid by accepting the recommendations in full.
“The construction industry has overwhelmingly taken on board her views and aspirations and wants to drive change – shifts in practices and working relationships have already been voluntarily introduced by many – but we need government backing to ensure this happens across the board,” she added. “Many of the recommendations fall to government rather than industry. We are doing our bit and it now needs to do its bit and if this needs new regulation or even legislation it will have our backing and the backing of those who recognise that business as usual is not an option any of us want to consider.”