Stream 2: Safety and quality across the social housing sector

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Safety and quality are top priorities for social housing providers across the country.

 

More than two years on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, many questions remain about the future direction for policy and regulation. For some, the focus on ensuring homes are safe in recent years has also extended into a review of build and maintenance quality.

 

This stream of sessions will look at how the sector has responded to date, including through a number of cases studies, considerations around business planning and investment, along with the changing policy and regulatory landscape.

 

Topic areas include:

 

  • The impacts of the Hackitt review: where next?
  • Retrofitting existing properties: understanding what needs to be done
  • Investing in safer new build: case studies
  • Assurances and the future for housing regulation

14.20 – 15.00 Session 1: A new direction for regulation

The Grenfell Tower tragedy has led to a major review of both building and social housing regulation. The opening session will provide an overview of the post-Grenfell landscape, including the direction of travel for building regulations and social housing’s own regulatory framework.

 

Richard Blakeway, The Housing Ombudsman

Fiona MacGregor, chief executive, the Regulator of Social Housing

15.00 – 15.40 Session 2: Retrofitting existing properties; understanding what needs to be done

Housing providers and local authorities will provide case studies detailing how they have gone about making their properties compliant, and what the re-prioritisation on safety has meant for the their organisational culture, approach and business planning.

 

Bernadette Conroy, chair, Network Homes

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee and networking break

16.00 – 16.40 Session 3: Innovations in construction, design and materials

This session will look at innovations in housebuilding and construction to eliminate fire risk, including dealing with contractors and the supply chain. It will also look at the collaborative approachs by councils and HAs to ensure residents’ safety.

 

Aico

16.40 – 17.10 Session 4: Does social housing have a quality issue?

For a number of organisations in the housing and construction sectors, the refocus on safety in recent years has extended to a review of build and maintenance quality. This session will explore to what extent there is a quality issue when it comes to existing and new build homes, and the actions HAs and councils are taking as a result – such as a review of build processes, dealing with contractors and bringing services in-house.

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