An industry initiative has been introduced, called 100% Hackitt.
This initiative has been launched in Westminster by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA). Its aim is to encourage the Government to deliver all of the recommendations contained within Dame Judith’s report.
Both of these organisations have joined forces in order to encourage a focus on these recommendations, with the aim of an increase in movement towards development. They believe that Dame Judith’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety should be adopted in full.
A new website has been launched to support this movement. It explains the ideas behind the 100% Hackitt campaign, along with a roundup of the major points made by Dame Judith. You can also sign up to join the campaign, and keep up to date with its news and events.
Dame Judith delivered a keynote speech at the launch. It was attended by a number of cross-party politicians, policy advisors and industry body representatives. Her speech highlighted that there is a ‘massive need’ for culture change throughout the industry. She said: “Much remains to be done to bring the construction industry up to the standards of other industries in terms of accountability, transparency and record keeping. Don’t tinker, don’t tweak, it has to be fundamental.”
Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA Chief Executive, has described the 100% Hackitt initiative as ‘the best thing for the British construction industry in a generation’. She went on to say: “The BBA is backing this initiative as strongly as we possibly can because we want to see bad practices in the industry eliminated and protection for the public and companies that are fully committed to high standards of delivery.”
“Dame Judith’s review of building regulations and fire safety showed systemic change is required within our industry.
“Her report came with a warning that cherry-picking recommendations would compromise their overall effectiveness and it is this ‘pick and mix’ approach that the BBA and LABC are urging the government to avoid by accepting the recommendations in full.
“The construction industry has overwhelmingly taken on board her views and aspirations and wants to drive change – shifts in practices and working relationships have already been voluntarily introduced by many – but we need government backing to ensure this happens across the board.
“Many of the recommendations fall to government rather than industry. We are doing our bit and it now needs to do its bit and if this needs new regulation or even legislation it will have our backing and the backing of those who recognise that business as usual is not an option any of us want to consider.”
Paul Everall, Chief Executive at LABC, holds a similar view: “The LABC and the BBA share the same outlook and are determined to make a difference in our industry. But we’re not waiting, we’re getting on with building a safer future together – right now. The 100% Hackitt initiative is a space for everyone who wants to see systemic change in the construction industry and I hope the whole industry gets behind it.”
The launch event was facilitated by cross-party think tank Policy Connect through its parliamentary forum for the built environment, the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum. The initiative has the support of senior figures across the construction and fire safety sector, including the Fire Sector Federation, whose Executive Officer Dennis Davis said: “We are backing the 10% Hackitt initiative because we need a mandatory, controlled system that allows us to balance what we want – innovation, good buildings, new ideas, growth in our economy – with sensible restraint that ensures short cuts and economies aren’t made and shows that people are competent, resulting in safe building for those who occupy them.”
Jonathan Shaw, Chief Executive of Policy Connect, said: “The Hackitt review represents a once in a generation opportunity to recast the building system and start to build safer, better designed homes. We will discuss how the review can bring about positive change in the construction industry, what still remains to be done and where the Hackitt review could have gone further so that we can encourage the industry to push for change.”