Building a Safer Future Charter is signed

Notting Hill Genesis has signed up to the Building a Safer Future Charter, reflecting our commitment to putting residents’ safety first when we plan, build and maintain our buildings. 

The charter was conceived by councils, housing associations, contractors and developers and is being managed by the people behind the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which we and our contractors follow to keep our building sites safe. 

It makes five specific promises, aimed at driving culture change to make sure buildings are safe for those living and working in them and to protect life by putting safety first. 

The charter commitments are: 

  1. Collaborate to spearhead culture change and be the voice of building safety across our sector 
  2. Be transparent in the interests of safety, sharing key information with residents, clients, contractors and statutory bodies in a useful and accessible manner in the design, construction and occupation phases of the process 
  3. Make safety a key factor of choice in who we work with, ensuring that building safety is placed at the centre of selection decisions without compromising quality or value for money 
  4. Ensure that the voices and safety of residents, visitors and employees are central in our decision-making process 
  5. Set out and communicate clear responsibilities within our organisation and with our partners, ensuring everyone with a stake in the building during design, construction and occupation understands their role and has the time and resources they need to achieve and maintain building safety 

While they are currently aimed at buildings over 18 metres in height, its principles should be applied to all buildings. 

Katie Bond, group director of sales and building safety, said: “We are pleased to become a registered signatory of the Building a Safer Future Charter. We recognise that this is an important first step towards achieving the culture and behavioural change required in relation to the charter’s objectives around building safety. 

“In confirming our support as a signatory, we will now be working to ensure we embed the principles of the charter into our activities.”