IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week: Design & build ‘could leave architects liable for others’ work’ under new law

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, with notices from across the development sector’s publications, and this week features Building Design on how new legislative approaches to ‘Design & Build’ could ‘leave architects liable for others’ work’.

Building Design writes:

RIBA warns of flaws in government’s draft Building Safety Bill…

The government’s draft Building Safety Bill could leave architects liable for others’ work that is procured using design & build contracts, the RIBA has warned.

Architects could also be expected to sign off projects when they have no legal power to force a contractor to amend work they do not believe to be compliant.

The Building Safety Bill, the government’s response to the Hackitt Review following the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people, would create dutyholders with legal responsibility for the safety of higher-risk buildings.

But the way these roles are currently structured could lead to conflicts of interest or the principal designer being expected to sign off work by the contractor they are novated to, warned the RIBA….

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