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Our Building Safety Research Group met for the second time last week – we hear from our Head of Operations and the Project Lead, David Ashby on how they got on! 

What do we hope to achieve?

At the last meeting our Group recognised that the sector is facing major legislative and regulatory change following the Grenfell Tower fire. In order for the sector to fully embrace building safety there is a need for clear, practical guidance. The Group is dedicated to designing a guidance document that provides members with the tools to procure the right building safety outcomes through the appointment of reputable organisations.

Since the last meeting the Group has also engaged with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply [CIPS] . They have agreed to provide support and advice on the guidance document and promote it to their membership.

The Guidance Document in a nutshell. 

The Working Group has now agreed a structure for the guidance document. It will define the key principles that underpin best practice procurement in respect of building safety – with guidance on how to achieve this.

Guidance will be targeted at procurement professionals. It’ll be a practical document that describes the principles that underpin best practice procurement, including information and guidance on how to procure the right building safety outcomes.

It will provide them with the tools to –

  1. drive the right culture and behaviours at organisational level, and
  2. set the standards and ensure compliance throughout the supply chain

Next Steps. 

The Group will host another two workshops in July and October. They’ll then finalise the guidance for publication at the SEC Annual Conference in November 2021.

We’ll keep updating this Blog as their discussions progress – watch this space!