The Golden Thread Inspection
Supporting organisations in achieving the golden thread
The Hackitt Report published in 2018 changed the face of fire safety in the UK. It included the recommendation for a ‘Golden Thread’ of information for all Higher Risk Residential Buildings (any building of ten stories or more which includes residential use), which has since been included in the Government’s Building Safety Bill, taking forward reforms to building and fire safety systems.
The Golden Thread is a digital record of all project and asset data, detailing how a building was designed, built, managed and operated. It acts as a live repository, linking all data, recording all decisions and therefore giving a clear accountability trail to reduce risk and improve safety. It also introduces a three-stage gateway process to improve fire safety standards, with the requirement for a safety case review at each gateway:
All new buildings will also require a Building Assurance Certificate from the Building Safety Regulator (the Health and Safety Executive) before it can be occupied.
Crucially, the Golden Thread provides clearer guidance, for safer buildings. It seeks to extend fire safety best practice beyond fire professionals, relaying key information from all stakeholders including architects, contractors, fire engineers, building safety managers and residents.
The Building Safety Bill is expected to become law in late 2021 and the new regime fully implemented by 2023, but organisations should start taking steps now to help meet the new requirements and improve safety.
The Bureau Veritas Construction Consultancy team works with stakeholders throughout the building life cycle to help reduce risk and achieve compliance.
This includes supporting organisations with the transition to the Golden Thread approach, enabling consistent, easier compliance management and enhanced safety across all three gateways. Individual services will depend on specific project needs but will include transparent tracking processes and increased site inspections to satisfy the new requirements.
Working as an independent compliance partner, we combine innovative services and specialist expertise with a unique understanding of the latest regulatory requirements. Put your trust in Bureau Veritas for complete peace of mind.
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