Westminster Social Policy Forum

Next steps for building regulations in England

Morning, Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will discuss the future for building regulations in England.

It will provide an opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to assess the most effective ways forward for improving the safety and standards of buildings in England.

Delegates will discuss the Government’s recently published implementation plan which aims to support the development of a more effective regulatory and accountability framework as called for by the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

The report also commits to taking forward all the recommendations of the review, and delegates will discuss priorities and challenges for implementation and implications for local authorities, residents, the construction industry and other key stakeholders.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss the work of the Industry Safety Steering Group and updates from the Government’s Building Safety Programme, as well as what more should be done to give residents a greater say, put in place an effective testing and inspection regime, and create a clearer record of information for high-rise residential buildings.

The agenda also looks at the implementation and compliance issues for building firms, as well as what will be needed to bring about the necessary changes to business culture and regulatory oversight in the building sector.

We also expect discussion to reflect key updates from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and next steps for policy.

Keynote Speaker

Dame Judith Hackitt

Chair, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

Keynote Speakers

Dame Judith Hackitt

Chair, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

Clive Betts MP

Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee


Mark Prisk MP

Member, House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee


Professor Helen Carr

Professor of Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent

Paul Everall

Chief Executive, Local Authority Building Control

Gary Strong

Chair, International Fire Safety Standards Coalition and Media Spokesman, RICS

Peter Apps

News Editor, Inside Housing

Professor Tom Woolley

Architect, Rachel Bevan Architects

Paul Wilkins

Chairman, Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors and Chief Executive Officer, Butler & Young Group

Peter Caplehorn

Deputy Chief Executive and Policy Director, Construction Products Association

Elaine Bailey

Group Chief Executive, Hyde Group

Adreena Parkin-Coates

Transport Fire Safety Group Manager, London Fire Brigade and Competence Lead, Building Safety Team, National Fire Chiefs Council