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Head of Building Safety Regulator retires

Peter Baker has retired as  head of the Constructing Security Regulator (BSR), which sits throughout the Well being and Security Government (HSE).

He may even, subsequently, not function HSE’s chief inspector of buildings.

HSE director of regulation Philip White (an ex-head of the organisation’s development division) will take over Baker’s tasks on an interim foundation as director of constructing security whereas a recruitment course of takes place.

Baker (pictured) grew to become chief inspector of buildings in 2021, a 12 months after the physique was established in shadow kind. The Constructing Security Regulator was formally handed powers when the Constructing Security Act obtained Royal Assent in April 2022.

Baker earlier served as HSE’s chief inspector of development from 2015 to 2018.

The BSR perform was among the many suggestions made by Dame Judith Hackitt in a report commissioned by the federal government after the Grenfell Tower hearth in 2017.

The regulator is accountable for overseeing the design and development of latest buildings, in addition to the refurbishment of present buildings which are inside scope of the brand new constructing security regime below the Constructing Security Act.

Earlier this month, the brand new regulator started accepting registrations for higher-risk buildings above 18 metres tall.

Having confirmed Baker’s retirement in a press release, the HSE added: “The Constructing Security Regulator continues to work intently with authorities and trade, and we count on the regime to be absolutely operational by April 2024.”