The Building a Safer Future Charter has been created to promote an urgent and positive culture and behaviour change in the safety of the built environment. It is about putting people’s safety first in how we plan for, design, build, maintain, and look after the safety of the buildings we live, work or play in and protect those that use them.
Building safety should always be a fundamental part of how we look after our society – and it needs addressing – so that everyone feels safe and secure, ultimately, in all buildings across the UK now and in the future.
The Charter was originally conceived and created by a group of ‘Early Adopters’ comprising local authorities, contractors, housing associations and property developers, with the support of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
In April 2020, the UK Government encouraged industry-wide commitment to sign-up to the Charter, in its response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation ‘A reformed building safety regulatory system’.
In early 2020, the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) was appointed to develop and manage the Charter. The CCS has established a new, not-for-profit organisation (Building a Safer Future Ltd) with an independent governance structure, to lead and develop the Charter.
The Grenfell Tower tragedy brought to the absolute fore the need for the safety of all the buildings we live, work and play in to be made paramount.
The Charter has been established to promote a culture change in the built-environment to ensure that buildings are safe for those living and working in them and to protect life by putting safety first, ahead of all other building priorities. It is focussed on driving up standards, changing culture and behaviours and raising the bar in relation to building safety from design through to management and maintenance.
The Building a Safer Future Charter currently covers all High-Rise Residential Buildings (HRRBs) and in-scope buildings being constructed or re-furbished which are over 18m or six storeys high. We believe that all buildings, of whatever height, should apply the principles of the Charter.
Sign-up to the Charter is recommended by the UK Government for any organisation working throughout the entire lifecycle of a building.
Companies and organisations can become Registered Signatories to the Building a Safer Future Charter. In doing, so they can show their support for the Charter and its commitments and, by signing up, they are also making a public demonstration of their commitment to putting people’s safety first, above all other priorities.
Sign up to the Building a Safer Future Charter mailing list and commit yourself to putting people’s safety first. By signing up, you will receive more information about the Building Safety Charter as it develops.