It was recently announced that mandatory sprinkler systems and way-finding signage in all new high-rise blocks of flats over 11 meters tall are among the new measures to further reform the building safety system.
It comes as no surprise after the 2017 disaster. The reforms have been backed by Housing secretary, Robert Jenrick who says they are the ‘biggest changes in a generation to ensure residents are safe in their homes’.
It's also positive that the changes also include the removal of unsafe ACM (aluminium composite material) cladding from buildings and the government will allocate £200m to fix private tower blocks.
The government is clear that any unsafe materials should be removed from buildings quickly. External wall systems on high-rise buildings using Class C or D HPL panels are unsafe and should be removed, as they do not comply with building regulations.
This new regime will put residents’ safety at its heart, and follows the announcement of the unprecedented £1bn fund for removing unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings in the Budget.