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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: WELCOME The way to improve construction is by providing a united front This is a challenging time for construction for various factors, but the on-going reviews and investigations into the Grenfell Tower disaster are likely to create the most far- reaching changes the industry has witnessed in decades. One of the many recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt's report into the fatal fire and the way forward for the industry was a proposal for a new and additional prescribed body to deal with whistleblowers' fire and structural safety concerns in some residential buildings. The BBA has responded to this by suggesting a co-ordinated, industry-wide initiative to encourage whistleblowers and protect them when they raise important issues. Brian Moore, the BBA's Deputy CEO, welcomed the Hackitt review suggestion but also acknowledges that such a move would add to the complexity of existing arrangements rather than simplify them. Favourite amongst the BBA's proposals is establishing a 'co-ordinating mechanism' to help certification bodies like the BBA and the existing arrangement of prescribed bodies to work better together, taking account of a range of practicalities. As Mr Moore pointed out: "There are a large number of well-regulated certification Grosvenor House, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TW T: 01952 234000 F: 01952 234003 E: T A N N E R S T I L E S P U B L I S H I N G TSPMEDIA CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Paul Groves EDITORIAL CO-ORDINATOR Harry Riley ADVERTISEMENT PRODUCTION DESIGN & ARTWORK Kat Jones Terms and Conditions - While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all articles and information appearing in Public Sector Building Specification the publisher does not accept liability for errors and omissions, printing or otherwise, that may appear in this publication. The journal includes photographs provided and paid for by suppliers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or any retrieval system without the consent of the publisher. CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashleigh Mal ADVERTISEMENT MANAGER Martyn Smith PUBLISHER David Stiles bodies in the construction products sector which work hard to ensure that their client companies uphold the 'rules' but there is nothing to stop a company which behaves improperly and is sanctioned by one certification body immediately moving to another certification body. "Where this happens, the cohesion of the industry is undermined and confidence damaged. We think the industry would be stronger if there was a mechanism to share relevant information and to be the point of contact within the industry and between the industry and the prescribed bodies like the police, trading standards and Ofgem. CB's would still be responsible for ensuring their clients' compliance so we don't need any new structures but what is definitely lacking currently are good comms, support, advice and co-ordination which can be achieved quite easily, if the will is there." The BBA is currently consulting with a variety of stakeholders as to the best way to achieve the goals of higher standards through better co-ordination at low cost. Paul Groves, Group Editor Industry News . . . . . . . . . Pg 3-6 Product Development. . . Pg 7-9 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 10-12 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 13-14 Social Housing . . . . . . . . . Pg 15-17 External Works & Water Management . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 18-19 02 | Contents

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