Building Safety Programme team

The work of the BSP Team

The NFCC’s Building Safety Programme (BSP) Team, led by Nick Coombe MBE, was formally established on 1st March 2019 using grant funding provided by Government partners; the Home Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), with partial match funding from the NFCC.

Members of the team have been seconded on a full-time basis from a diverse range of FRSs around the country, each with their own area of expertise including fire safety and operational experience.

This expertise allows the Team to provide effective support and technical advice to the Government’s Building Safety Programme, which was established in the wake of the Grenfell Tower Fire, and includes work to pursue the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The BSP Team also engages closely with FRSs by representing their views and providing professional support and guidance on fire safety matters.

The BSP Team work collaboratively with a number of key stakeholders and partners to contribute to a range of Government working groups and provide advice in sector forums as represented below:

BSP stakeholder diagram

The BSP Team has been involved in responding to a number of key Government and industry consultations which will form the basis of an improved building safety system. These include: 

  • Raising the Bar (Interim Report): Improving competence, building a safer future – The Competence Steering Group 
  • Call for Evidence: Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – Home Office (August 1st 2019) 
  • Building a Safer Future: Proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system –  MHCLG (August 1st 2019) 
  • British Standard 8629: Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning & maintenance of evacuation systems for use by FRSs in buildings containing flats of maisonettes (July 21st 2019)  
  • Call for Evidence: Technical review of Building Bulletin 100 – Design for fire safety in schools (May 31st 2019) 
  • Call for Evidence: Technical Review of Approved Document B (March 1st 2019) 

  Read the BSP team’s responses in full on the NFCC’s Consultation responses page.  

 Contact Us 

 The NFCC’s Building Safety Programme team can be contacted at BuildingSafetyTeam@nationalfirechiefs.org.uk 

 

BSP team