“the whole system of regulation, covering what is written down and the way in which it is enacted in practice, is not fit for purpose”

Interim Report for the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

The review is work in progress with the final report due in Spring 2018. Some of the key points made so far include:

  • A cultural/behavioural change required across whole sector – the mindset of doing things as cheaply as possible and passing on responsibility for problems to others must stop
  • The performance based current system of Building Regs and Fire Safety is being interpreted prescriptively and inconsistently
  • Means of assessing and ensuring appropriate levels of competence is unclear and inadequate
  • Methods for testing, certification and marketing of construction products and systems not clear
  • Desktop studies to assess compliance of materials is not properly managed or controlled
  • The Building Regs Approved Documents should be restructured and simplified
  • There should be a responsible duty holder for building performance including work by sub-contractors
  • A robust and coherent system of accreditation should be established covering all those who work on buildings

 

RNHRD & Therapies Centre - Bath

Oculus has been appointed as Approved Inspector for the construction of the new Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases and Therapies Centre.  Construction started in November 2017, and Oculus has been in regular consultation with the Design Team as well as making visits to the project. 

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Airbus Wing Integration Centre project - Filton nr. Bristol

One of the most complex undertakings at the site occurred at the end of 2017 with the concrete pour that took place to create the ‘strong floor’. 

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