New Sweco Building Safety Unit aims to become the cornerstone of compliance
We are delighted to welcome Peter Louis into his new role as head of our new Building Safety Unit, within our growing Building Standards Consultancy.
Peter joined in 2016 to run the new Sweco Brighton office, bringing with him a wealth of experience in Building Control services. During this time, he has established a strong client base. His passion, expertise and skills in client collaboration make him a strong candidate to lead in this area. We caught up with Peter to find out more…
I’m really excited about new role and the new business unit. I believe Sweco is well placed, with competence within our business to be a leader in this field for our clients. I am excited about working within a new sector in which Building Safety will be the priority.
How will this new business unit make a difference to Sweco and our clients?
We will be helping our clients to deal with the changes under the new Building Safety Bill, which is currently in draft with the Government, and due for Royal Assent in June 2022.
Sweco is well placed to be one of pioneers in the area, as we already have the right processes in place to control information and keep it safe. Our internal auditing systems and trackers are what the building safety bill ask for.
We will also be advising our clients on building control items ,which are separate from our core service. This will include compliance reports, fire risk assessments and compliance monitoring services.
I see our role as helping the client by working on their behalf. This is a huge opportunity for us and we’re currently the countrywide leaders in terms of competence in high rise buildings.
What’s your main focus in Building Safety right now?
Gateway 1 of the Building Safety Bill has already been enacted through the Town and Country Planning Act. We have started doing Gateway 1 reports and we are preparing to support our clients through all of gateways in the Safety bill going forward.
The current timeline set out by government suggests change in legislation will be enacted within 2024 therefore we are already preparing our clients for the potential changes.
If you need support on any practical or regulatory aspects of Building Safety, contact Peter today.