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Learning from Grenfell

Global Technical Services are headline sponsoring the Architect Journals’ Fire Safety Design Conference.

The Grenfell Tower fire and the subsequent (ongoing) public inquiry forced a major reassessment of how we design, monitor and deliver housing in the UK, and in particular, how we should approach the question of fire safety.

In response to this, The Architects’ Journal and AJ Specification launched the Fire Safety Design conference, where we united a community of over 1000 people in 2021 and 2022 to examine the lessons learned from the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, focusing on the implications for design, specification, and management within architectural practices.

The 2023 edition will delve deeper into the ongoing developments surrounding the inquiry, which has been instrumental in reshaping regulations and standards within the profession. We will explore the nature, scope, and progress of the inquiry thus far, speaking to practices about their lived experience of adapting to the changing standards, and shedding light on the significant reforms that lie ahead.

As the architectural community continues to evolve and adapt to the ever-changing fire safety standards, it is crucial for us to come together, share knowledge, and collaborate to shape a safer and more resilient built environment. Join us on 2 November 2023 to be at the forefront of the latest developments in fire safety design.

Presentation – STICCE with the planned Work Stages

12:30 pm – 12:50 pm

This presentation is an argument for thinking about fire safety through the RIBA Plan of Work 2020, even before an architect is appointed. Work Stage 0 is about strategic thinking by the investor in a building, who precedes the client, employer and the duty-holding owner or operator. In STICCE there is a memorable sequence of Strategy, Testing, Inspection, Certification, Compliance and Enforcement through to Work Stage 7. Strategy informs a plan.

Speaker – Ross O’Loughlin – Head of Global Technical Services – (GTS)