The construction year ahead: what can we expect in 2024?

Sheena Sood 2023

Sheena Sood previews the year ahead in construction law, with some major legislative, contractual and policy changes looming

Key provisions of the Building Safety Act 2022 came into force on 1 October 2023, and 2024 will see the new rules for dutyholders fully take effect. We now have a Building Safety Regulator (part of the Health & Safety Executive) as the new building control authority for all higher-risk buildings (HRBs) in England. Its three-year strategic plan spans 2023 to 2026 and details a focus on: delivering consistent standards within the building control profession; overseeing improvements across the built environment; regulating planning, design, and construction of new HRBs; and ensuring those responsible for HRBs manage risk.

Laudable aims, and while the enforcement policy statement published in December 2023 emphasises the BSR will adopt a proportionate approach, it has several enforcement methods at its disposal against both companies and individuals. With a stated objective to implement a more stringent regulatory regime for HRBs in England, it will want to show it has teeth.

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