Manchester City Council has been named as one of the first local authority ‘early adopters’ of the Hackitt Review’s recommendations for building safety.
The review was undertaken in the wake of the Grenfell tower tragedy and is intended to act as a guidance for behaviours around the management of high-rise properties to ensure fire and building safety for residents.
Manchester joins Birmingham City Council, Wandsworth Borough Council and Camden Borough Council, as the first Local Authority early adopters of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review, which commits to protecting residents by putting safety first, ahead of all other building priorities.
Private sector organisations are existing members of the group, including Willmott Dixon and Kier, along with housing associations including L&Q and Salix Homes.
Public bodies will work together with the private sector to look at how safety standards can be better regulated, with a commitment to culture change within the building and development industry.
The main aims of the scheme of early adopters is for members to:
- Lead and drive forward Hackitt recommendations to champion building safety and share best practice to encourage culture change across industry.
- Implement changes across their organisations to ensure building safety is considered upfront so that buildings they are working on are safer for residents, prior to changes in regulations and legislation.
- Support Government and play an active role in the development of building safety policy.
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “Manchester residents in private high-rise blocks are still feeling the impact of the Grenfell tragedy. Too many buildings still haven’t been remediated and the costs are being unfairly heaped onto leaseholders.
“I hope that by being part of the conversation with Government on Hackitt we can continue to influence action at a national level so that these blocks are remediated as quickly and fairly as possible.
“What’s clear is that there is a lack of consistency within the industry about materials and building standards that is unacceptable, and we hope by being an early adopter to the Hackitt review we can help shape future development to ensure safety standards are central to the process.”