In a rapidly evolving world, where societal and environmental concerns are paramount, Acivico Group recognises the pivotal role we play in shaping the built environment for the benefit of communities and future generations.

As a built environment specialist, we ensure all regulations, legislation and compliance is upheld and adhered to. There have been some changes to the Building Safety Act which will have an impact on the work of everyone in the construction sector.

To recap, the Building Safety Act received Royal Assent and became an Act of Parliament on 28 April 2022. It was introduced in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Dame Judith Hackitt’s report on Building Regulations and Fire Safety. It is the most fundamental reform of regulation across the construction and residential property sectors in living memory.

So what are the changes?

From 6th April, the new Building Safety Regulator will operate a register for all Building Control professionals. Private sector building control organisations and local authority bodies in England will by law have to register. Registration opened in October 2023, coming fully into force from April 2024.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has introduced a professional competence framework that all building control professionals will be required to meet from that time.

After April 2024, the regulator will publish a public register of building inspectors. The register will allow people to verify who is a registered building inspector and the work they are registered to do.

‘Higher Risk’ buildings

There are now special competence requirements for anyone who works on ‘Higher Risk buildings’. Currently, buildings which are over 18m tall and which contain dwellings or similar accommodation are classed as ‘High Risk’.

From April 2024, there will be new statutory responsibilities created for an individual who will have legal accountability to maintain competence.

The Building Safety Regulator and Government can also change the scope of what a Higher Risk Building is if they decide it is necessary. For example, there could be a ‘hard stop’ ordered where construction cannot begin until the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) is satisfied that the design meets the functional requirements of the building regs.

The impact for Acivico Group

At Acivico, we work and collaborate with many different construction disciplines from Facilities Managers and Architects to Building Control experts and Surveyors.

Now the full details of how to become registered as a Building Inspector are made public, our teams have worked hard to achieve registration before the proposed changes came into effect.

We have been able to demonstrate competence at the highest levels required and are on hand to provide advice, updates and information about the new changes to our clients. For advice or to discuss these changes, please get in touch.