The Hackitt Review and fire safety – what it means for you

Dave Neilson 11 January 2018

Following the Grenfell tragedy in June which killed 71 people, Dame Judith Hackitt was commissioned to conduct a review into building regulations and fire safety. The review, carried out independently of the government, focused on regulations that apply to high-rise residential buildings. The interim findings were published last month in the document Building a Safe Future, otherwise known as the Hackitt Review and a final report will be published in Spring 2018.

 Hacket Review key findings include:

1) The current system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise buildings is not fit for purpose and a culture change is required;

2) The industry must take greater responsibility for what is built;

3) A clear, quick and effective route must be created for residents to raise concerns.

Fusion21’s fire safety offer

Following an increased demand from our members to procure fire safety measures we have launched our national dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for Fire Suppression Systems and Associated Works. This is the first on the market to provide a complete fire safety solution suitable for the social housing sector and public sector buildings.

Worth up to £150 million over a five year period, there are three specialised lots to select from:

Lot 1:   Management of the design, supply, installation and maintenance of fire suppression systems & fire safety works (worth £100 million)

Lot 2:   Design, supply, installation and maintenance of sprinkler systems (worth £30 million)

Lot 3:   Design, supply, installation and maintenance of water mist & associated systems (worth £20 million)

So what are the benefits of a dynamic purchasing system?

  • Fusion21’s Fire Suppression Systems and Associated Works DPS will remain open for new suppliers throughout its duration, creating a more competitive environment and ensuring our members always have access to the best fire safety services and expertise available;
  • The system will secure greater efficiency savings and value for money for members through a procurement route that has the flexibility to respond to any future changes in legislation or within the wider marketplace;
  • Suppliers applications will focus on the experience and capability;
  • The system can facilitate contractor nominations made by leaseholders by supporting registered providers in complying with Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

The system goes live in March 2018 and builds upon our already established fire safety offer. This means that Fusion21 members will soon be able to access additional fire safety works, delivering best value fire suppression systems and other elements of fire safety works as part of our existing package.

 The new DPS is now available on the mytenders web portal www.mytenders.co.uk under Notice ID DEC149518.

Click here  to find out more about our national dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for Fire Suppression Systems and Associated Works.

Fusion21 welcomes applications from interested organisations that meet the criteria set out in the tender documentation. To discuss this opportunity or DPS further, registered providers or suppliers can contact Nick Verburg on 0845 308 2321.

Suppliers tendering for this DPS can also access our factsheet  for more information.