Fire safety scandal threatens to engulf house building industry

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Fire safety scandal threatens to engulf house building industry previous nextLand & New HomesFire safety scandal threatens to engulf house building industryReport into Persimmon’s failure to install cavity wall fire barriers in some of its homes likely to expose construction failings across industryNigel Lewis19th December 201901,128 Views A fire safety scandal threatens to engulf the house building industry after Persimmon was heavily criticised by housing sector Robert Jenrick after an independent report forced the builder to check 16,000 homes.The comment by the minister urged the builder to address the problem immediately while a Ministry of Housing spokesperson told Housing Today that in future house builders which did not meet the required standards of safety and quality might not be given access to Help to Buy cash.Persimmon’s problems began when the company appointed Stephanie Barwise QC to head a wide-ranging review of the company following criticism of its construction quality and huge bonuses for senior management.Fire safetyIt has subsequently found that many homes built by Persimmon were not fitted with cavity wall fire safety barriers and that the failure put many homeowners who bought its timber-framed homes at an ‘intolerable risk’.Jenrick (left) has released a statement that says: “Persimmon has published an independent review of its business and they will want to take immediate action to address the concerns raised.The minister has also said that problems at Persimmon highlight the need for greater home buyer protection, and support his plans to establish of a housing ombudsman which, when introduced, will cover all sectors of the industry.Earlier this year investigations by both the BBC and London Fire Brigade found problems at developments built by two other high-profile developers, Bellway and Berkeley Homes.Bellway Robert Jenrick persimmon Berkeley Homes December 19, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img