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Next Steps for Building Regulations and Fire Safety in Scotland

This event will be an opportunity for delegates to hear latest thinking on progress in updating Scotland's building regulations and fire safety regime, as well as an opportunity to network with colleagues from across Scotland and discuss opportunities for further reform.


The Scottish Government is currently consulting on measures for strengthening the fire safety standards of high-rise domestic buildings, as part of a broader work programme being undertaken by the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety.

So what do the proposed changes mean for your organisation and what further policy priorities are needed to modernize Scotland’s building standards and fire safety regime?

The event will be an opportunity to hear from a range of expert speakers about these vital issues and network and exchange good practice with colleagues in relation to building regulations.

Key Issues We'll Address With You

  • Progress in implementing the Stollard and Cole Reviews
  • Priorities for shaping Building Standards Futures Board
  • Developing the building standards and fire safety workforce

Who Should Attend?

  • Local authorities
  • Housing associations
  • Housing lawyers
  • Asset management/estate managers
  • Construction companies
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service


09:45 Registration and Networking

10:25 Welcome from the Chair

Session 1: Policy and Context

10:30 Assessing Progress in Implementing the Stollard and Cole Reviews

Stephen Garvin, Head of Building Standards, Scottish Government

10:50 Building Safety - the UK perspective

How Scottish changes to building and fire standards fit within the wider direction of UK policy following the Hackitt Review.

Katherine Metcalfe, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP

11:10 Steps to Better Compliance

Putting the verifier role in context will allow those with the primary responsibility for compliance to discharge their duties more effectively.

Alan McAulay, Building Standards Team Leader, South Lanarkshire Council and Technical Director, LABSS

11:30 Group Discussion and Q&A

12:10 Lunch and Networking

Session 2: Future-Proofing Building Standards - Best Practice, Developing the Workforce and Innovative Technology 

13:00 James Clark, Station Commander and Deputy Head of Fire Safety Enforcement, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service 

13:20 Priorities for the Surveying Profession in Fire Safety

  • Background to RICS’ work in the post-Grenfell reviews
  • Competence and training
  • Harmonisation of regulations
  • IFSS

Craig Ross, Associate Director of the Built Environment, RICS 

13:40 Group Discussion & Q&A with Craig Ross; James Clark; Alan McAulay and Stephen Garvin

14:20 Chair's Closing Remarks

14:30 Close of Event

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19 Nov 2019
COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH
Reduced rate
1 place £145 + VAT

Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard rate
1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place

Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector rate
1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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