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Building Safety Act - an overview for structural engineers

Region: CROSS-UK

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The Building Safety Act puts in place new and enhanced regulatory regimes for building safety and construction products. It will change the way Higher Risk Buildings are designed, will give residents more power to hold builders and developers to account and toughen sanctions against those who threaten their safety.

The first provisions to come into force, however, are not to do with future development, but the recovery of losses caused by both building and product defects. The new Act extends these periods significantly: for claims arising before 28 June 2022, the limitation period is now 30 years; and for claims arising after 28 June 2022 the period is 15 years.

Hear from experts at Birketts on what this means for you and your business.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain insight into what’s included in the primary and secondary legislation

  • Appreciate the most important provisions within the Act and the relevant timescales

  • Understand what the remediation costs and liability in relation to existing buildings (Part 5 of the Act) will be and how the Act impacts on landlord / tenant relationships and allocation of liability for defects 

  • Hear about the new Building Safety Regulator, and how the Act will be regulated and enforced


Daniel Irving
Legal Director, Regulatory and Corporate Defence, Birkett

James Humphreys
Senior Associate, Property Litigation, Birketts

Derryn Rolfe
Legal Director, Construction and Engineering, Birketts