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August Overview – Paul Meadows

Welcome to the August edition of the Construction Excellence Midlands Newsletter.

There are undoubtedly challenging times ahead with the dates for implementation of the Building Safety Act for in scope buildings rapidly approaching on the 1st October 2023.

There is a transition phase, known as ‘in flight applications’ which allows projects to be controlled by either Building Control Approvers and Inspectors provided that the application has been registered before 1st October 2023 and has commenced before 6th April 2024.

Projects that do not meet this criteria require applications to the Building Safety Regulator.

Competency has been a key to the deliverance of safe buildings. This competency requirement does not just include Building Control Professionals.

Under the Building Safety Act (2022) professionals working on Higher-Risk Buildings (HRB) with duty-holding responsibilities – clients, principal contractors, principal designers, and those with maintenance responsibilities – must now demonstrate their competence.

CE Midlands Building Safety Theme Group meets regularly under new chair Richard Cymler to discuss many diverse implications upon the various disciplines involved with projects and the effects of the building safety act – this group promotes the who ethos of CE Midlands and the collaborative approach that is needed to deliver safe buildings. We would actively welcome additional participants – please contact Lynn Broughton if you want to join in the discussion group

I hope you enjoy this months newsletter and best wishes.

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