We should all care about the quality of the buildings around us, whether they are council homes, private developments, schools, offices or civic buildings. Since the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017 attention has rightly focused on concerns about unsafe cladding, with serious concerns about the safety of people living in affected properties, the costs of replacing potentially dangerous materials, and who should pay.
So on Friday July 23rd I will be hosting a forum to learn more about some of the most important issues around the quality of our homes. It will start at 10am and run to 2.30pm
In addition to cladding issues, there are many questions about other aspects of building quality across the UK such as poorly fitted insulation leading to cold bridges and mould problems, poor plumbing and electrics, inadequate installation of fire prevention measures, which need to be be addressed, and many residents of new-build estates have raised them with developers.
As an experienced architect with my own practice and over thirty years experience designing and supervising building works, I believe that we need an open, public debate about these complicated issues, so that people can be better informed about the changes we need in building regulations, public policy, and accountability for our homes and the other buildings we use.
The building quality forum will bring together a range of experts in different areas with a panel of elected representatives and space for public questions, as a contribution to this vital debate. It aims to bring these issues to wider attention and also ensure that councillors and others are properly informed as they make decisions around policies and planning issues that affect building quality, and that they can deal more effectively with issues raised by residents.
The event will take place remotely and will be live streamed on YouTube. If you register you will be sent a link in advance.
Who Will Be There
The panel will be made up of elected representatives from across the region
|Cambridge City||MP||Daniel Zeichner|
|City Councillor||Katie Thornburrow|
|City Councillor||Katie Porrer|
|City Councillor||Sam Davies|
|South Cambridgeshire DC||District Councillor||Tumi Hawkins|
|District Councillor||Heather Williams|
|Cambridgeshire County||County Councillor||Lucy Nethsingha or Eliza Meschini|
They will hear presentations and ask questions from representatives from a range of organisations
|Quality Issues – Housescan||Harry Yates|
|Cladding – LondonCAG / Manchester Cladiators||Dave Richards Giles Grover|
|Cladding – IpswichCAG||Alex Dickin|
|Leasehold & freehold abuses Leasehold Knowledge Partnership||Martin Boyd|
|Westminster Perspective||Daniel Zeichner MP|
|Building Control – 3Cs BC||Heather Jones|
|Fire Authority||Wayne Pringle|
Timetable for the event
|1000||Start & Introductions||Katie Thornburrow|
|1010||Quality Issues – Housescan||Harry Yates|
|1035||Cladding – LondonCAG / Manchester Cladiators||Dave Richards Giles Grover|
|1100||Cladding – IpswichCAG||Alex Dickin|
|1135||Leasehold & freehold abuses Leasehold Knowledge Partnership||Martin Boyd|
|1200||Lived experiences – up to 5 people||tbc|
|1230||Westminster Perspective||Daniel Zeichner MP|
|1330||Building Control – 3Cs BC||Heather Jones|
|1355||Fire Authority||Wayne Pringle|
|1420||Summing up||All councillors|
|1430||Thank you & close|