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July 2021

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3 Welcome Welcome J une saw the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire and proved a time for reflection for many in the industry as the public inquiry continues and the Government rolls out a number of new initiatives. While there is an over-riding support for the Government's changes to building regulations and attempts to improve the quality of building and architectural products, it is the perceived slow pace of these changes that is causing growing consternation. There is also some disquiet that despite taking on many of the Hackitt Review recommendations the Government is still failing to listen to the industry on the type of changes still required. One of the most striking statements came from London Councils, a membership group representing 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation. The group highlighted how the fire that claimed 72 lives four years ago exposed serious issues with the building safety regulatory regime and revealed the serious fire safety risks in properties across the country. It states that critical issues that still must be resolved to ensure a fire safety regime that is "fit for purpose." Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils' Executive Member for Housing & Planning, said: "Four years on from Grenfell, further and faster action is required to ensure a fit for purpose fire safety regime. "In my own borough of Barking and Dagenham, we have seen that buildings below the 18-metre threshold for the government's funding and legislation can still pose a real threat to residents' lives, and I know local authorities across the capital agree. "We need significant investment from government in social housing to address our residents' legitimate concerns about fire safety and ensure they can live in homes which meet their needs." The Government has taken action, but the pace of change needs to be addressed and so does the need for further improvements, regulation, standards and legislation that the industry has consistently shown it is ready to embrace. Enquiry 2 Paul Groves || Group Editor A fire safety regime that is "fit for purpose" R108 POWERMATIC AXIS Door Closer Tel 0121 766 4200 info@samuel-heath.com concealeddoorclosers.com AXIS The height adjustable concealed door closer TECTUS ® TE 527 3D & TE 540 3D FR Concealed Hinges Suitable for use on one-hour and half-hour fi re doors. Completely concealed when the door is closed. Designed and manufactured in the UK, Powermatic, the original controlled, concealed door closer, delivers exceptional performance as well as a host of benefits that other closers cannot match:- Tel 0121 766 4200 info@samuel-heath.com www.concealeddoorclosers.com • The only CERTIFIRE jamb-mounted door closer • Genuine independent third-party certification • Perfect for social housing, hotels, health, care homes, secure accommodation, commercial and many other situations. • Improves aesthetics and reduces risk of damage from vandalism or tampering • Contributes towards the achievement of accessibility requirements (AD M) • Closing speed and latching action adjustable without removing closer from door Approved for use with

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