Glasgow: 0141 248 5693 | info@hackingandpaterson.co.uk
Edinburgh: 0131 523 1575 | edinburgh@hackingandpaterson.co.uk
News
Home | News | Ministerial Working Group takes action to improve fire safety

Ministerial Working Group takes action to improve fire safety

Published on 11/12/2018

Following on from our previous stories surrounding the work of the Scottish Government Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety, the group has recently shared its recommended changes, these being part of a number of actions for improving building and fire safety which were agreed on the 6th December by the Ministerial Working Group, set up following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. These include:

  • An additional key change in building standards will be to reduce the height from 18m to 11m and extend the range of new buildings for the use of non-combustible cladding.
  • Extending mandatory installation of sprinklers in flatted accommodation and in larger multi-occupancy dwellings and those which provide care.
  • Measures to improve evacuation, using sound alerts and two escape stairs in all new high rise residential buildings.
  • Developing a new documented compliance plan for high risk buildings to be prepared and maintained by the owner or developer – from pre-application to completion. This will set out the verifier planned inspection regime.
  • Strengthening enforcement guidance.
  • Development of a database to capture and maintain safety critical information for existing high rise residential buildings.
  • Specific fire safety guidance to residents of high rise domestic buildings and the introduction of guidance for fire risk assessments.

These are in addition to the new minimum standard for smoke and fire alarms, extending the existing high standard currently required in private rented housing to all homes. The new standard will come into force from February 2021.

For the full story, please visit here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/report-review-panel-building-standards-fire-safety-scotland/pages/1/
And to read the full findings of the Review Panel on Building Standards (Fire Safety) in Scotland, please visit here: https://www.gov.scot/news/building-and-fire-safety-5/

Latest News

The my H&P app

Latest News from Hacking & Paterson Management Services

Matters affecting the factoring of common property in Scotland are ever changing and the following provides our customers with the latest news that could affect their property.

Tenement Law – Compulsory Homeowners’ Associations

Tenement Law – Compulsory Homeowners’ Associations

In March 2018, the Scottish Parliament created a cross-party Working Group to consider the state of repair of Scotland’s tenemental…

find out more »

Building Insurance – What Affects Your Premium?

Building Insurance – What Affects Your Premium?

Buildings Insurance cover is one of the most important subjects any homeowner must consider, and for most flats and apartments…

find out more »

Doing it for Daniel

Doing it for Daniel

This month, we continue our charitable giving initiative with a £500 donation to a local charity, the Doing it for…

find out more »
© 2022 Hacking & Paterson Management Services