New Chief Inspector of Buildings appointed by HSE

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
23rd February 2021

With immediate effect, Peter Baker the current HSE Director of Building Safety and Construction will become Chief Inspector of Buildings.

In announcing the role the HSE said, “In his role as the Chief Inspector of Buildings, Peter Baker will head up the Building Safety Regulator to deliver the new regime for high risk buildings, oversee work to increase competence of all professionals working on buildings and ensure effective oversight of the entire building safety environment. Peter will also be the first head of the building control profession, and lead the work to provide independent, expert advice to industry, government, landlords and residents on building safety.”

Lord Greenhalgh, Minister for Building Safety, was also quoted in the announcement saying,“I welcome the appointment of Peter Bakeras thefirst nationalChiefInspector ofBuildings.PeterwillusehisandHSEswealthof experiencetoimplementa tougher regulatory regime. I look forward to working withPeter and his team torampup engagement withresidents andthesector as part of the biggest changes to building safety in a generation, backed by our £5 billion investment to fully fund the cost of replacing unsafe cladding for all leaseholders in residential buildings 18 metres (6 storeys) and over in England. We have a comprehensive plan to remove unsafe cladding, support leaseholders, restore confidence to this part of the housing market and ensure this situation never arises again.”

With the initial focus likely to be on the implementation of the new Fire Safety Bill, post COVID-19 future expansion to cover other areas of compliance including Legionella and asbestos will undoubtedly follow.