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The draft Building Safety Bill: What and who is a ‘building safety manager’? What environment will they will be working within?
The new Building Safety Bill and associated legislation, including building regulations and the Fire Safety Act, are bringing significant change to the whole life cycle of residential buildings. There are to be a number of new duty holders, including additional duties for those appointed under Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM), and new roles including the accountable person, principal accountable person and building safety manager, the latter being a regulated role rather than a formal legal duty holder. There is also a new regime being established in the guise of the building safety regulator. While the Bill is going through the parliamentary process at time of writing and may be subject to change, this paper seeks to outline the essential understanding of how the new legislative requirements are anticipated to work together to deliver safer buildings in which to live. The paper also describes, at high level, how the new duty holder roles are expected to interact and what their roles are in delivering the forthcoming regime for building safety.
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Anthony Taylor is the Director of Group Health and Safety for GVA, an international real estate consultancy, employing approximately 1,300 surveyors and delivering a wide range of property consultancy services, including property management. Anthony has 30 years’ H&S and operational risk management experience in a wide range of industry sectors including real estate, construction, insurance, local authority, leisure, and for a global tour operator. He currently chairs the RICS Health and Safety Advisory Board, and is a past chair of the Managing Agents Property H&S Forum.
Claire Morrissey is an experienced regulatory criminal defence lawyer who advises businesses and individuals on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues. Notably, Claire’s recent work includes taking a leading role in the work of the team representing a corporate core participant in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry. Claire advises clients at all stages of regulatory investigations from crisis management, initial interactions with regulators, investigations, interviews under caution, enforcement notices and appeals through to representation at criminal proceedings and inquests.
CitationTaylor, Anthony and Morrissey, Claire (2022, March 1). The draft Building Safety Bill: What and who is a ‘building safety manager’? What environment will they will be working within?. In the Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, Volume 10, Issue 4.