Following media coverage concerning unsafe cladding on the Vista Towers building in Stevenage, Hertfordshire Building Control has issued the statement below
“Neither Stevenage Borough Council building control department nor subsequently Hertfordshire Building Control, the Council-owned building control provider, had any involvement at all with the redevelopment of the former Southgate House. This work was undertaken in entirety by an approved inspector organisation chosen by the developer.
Prior to the soon to be implemented Building Safety Bill developers were able to choose their own building control provider. The changes in the Building Safety Bill mean that on this type of building only a truly independent provider, such as Hertfordshire Building Control, will be chosen by the Joint Regulator to carry out this work. The Joint Regulator is part of the Health and Safety Executive. Hertfordshire Building Control fully supports these changes and believes that the new legislation significantly enhances public protection.”