The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) issued guidance yesterday for Building Control Bodies in relation to operation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The guidance covers new/temporary healthcare buildings and related facilities, as well as general guidance for operating during the current period. The changes are designed to enable essential building work to be carried out ‘at pace without undue administrative burden’. Recognition is given to the need to draw the balance between enabling building work to continue where it is still safe and ensuring that work continues to meet Building Regulations’ requirements.
The guidance for Building Control Bodies covers:
- New or temporary healthcare buildings.
- Version 3 of the Construction Leadership Council Site Operating Procedures, which intend to introduce consistent measures across construction sites in line with the government’s advice on social distancing (and on which CIPS published an article on 16 April in our COVID-19 News Section)
- Remediation, stating that the remediation work on high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding should continue where it is safe to do so.
We will be interested to receive the feedback from the Local Authority Building Control Departments and Approved Inspectors with whom we work as to whether this latest publication translates into the practical assistance they require to deal with projects at the current time.