Golden thread legislation could commence as early as spring 2023, according to the government’s timelines for Building Safety Bill.
The latest version of the Bill was announced yesterday (Monday 5 July) and while it contains references to duties around information collection and delivery, there is no reference to the golden thread or explicit references to information management. However, the Bill’s supporting material states that the requirement for duty holders to create, hold and maintain the golden thread will come into force as part of gateway two, which the government expects to commence within 12 to 18 months of the Bill receiving Royal Assent.
Given that Royal Assent is expected to take nine months to a year, the golden thread could be enshrined in law by April 2023 at the earliest or November 2023 at the latest.
A formal definition of the golden thread was approved by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in May, as revealed by BIM+ (https://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/golden-thread-definition-approved-government/). The golden thread definition and any further detail will appear in the secondary legislation to the Bill, BIM+ understands.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said: “This Bill will ensure high standards of safety for people’s homes, and in particular for high-rise buildings, with a new regulator providing essential oversight at every stage of a building’s lifecycle, from design, construction, completion to occupation.”
In response to the Bill, Chartered Institute of Building chief executive Caroline Gumble said: “We are pleased the government has published its Building Safety Bill, taking forward fundamental reform of the building safety system and addressing the issues identified by Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review.
“Much of the detail will be in secondary legislation. This will require significant consultation with industry to ensure that the Bill is practical and provides a robust building safety system for all.”
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