Posted Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Graham Oliphant, Head of Building Safety for the Fexco Group.
I head up a team of specialists known as the Building Safety Team, who cover elements of Health & Safety as well as Building Safety, and all aspects of High-Risk Buildings (HRB) including developing building safety cases. Our technical experts are valuable intermediaries as we manage applications through the Building Safety Fund (BSF) and assist our Project Managers and clients with technical enquiries.
We have an established Building Safety Team who provides centralised compliance oversight and active monitoring of all our buildings to support our property teams on the ground, delivering excellent and responsive services.
We provide strategic guidance to the Business on how to prepare for and future-proof our delivery of smart and compliant property management services. The team liaise with multiple internal and external stakeholders (from designing and delivering up to date training for our Property Managers) and providing technical support to chairing meetings with resident groups, local councils, developers, and the Fire Rescue Service (FRS).
We also oversee the successful delivery of multiple projects focused on addressing risks and the needs of our clients, through a team of highly competent specialists. Our team includes:
All of whom have professional membership in National fire management bodies. So, we have one of the best cross-functional teams in the industry.
It led to a culture change in how we need to scrutinise fire and building safety. The challenge and skill are in how we facilitate and implement this, within an existing leasehold management structure, whilst minimising the financial impact on leaseholders.
We can achieve this through forward planning and a pragmatic, proportionate appraisal of our buildings, working in conjunction with our stakeholders and trusted service providers.
This is a huge topic list, much of which is still transitioning through secondary legislation.
The focus I think is that we have a dedicated team of specialists who are monitoring the legislation shifts and we are providing direction for the Business and reassurance to our clients by strategically formulating projects to address the changes. We are now well-positioned to manage the outcomes from the Fire Safety Act and Building Safety Act across all our properties in England and Wales, which equates to some 1400 buildings.
We have been proactive in anticipating the oncoming Building Safety Act and already have a dedicated HRB (High-Risk Building) team who provide an added layer of assurance and scrutiny to all our 18m plus buildings, which are in scope for the Building Safety Bill Act.
We are proud to operate to the exacting standards of ISO 45001 across our Occupational Health & Safety with a dedicated Health & Safety team. We also have a robust Fire Risk Management System aligned with BS9997:2019.
We believe in working with all our stakeholders and enfranchising leaseholders in the process of delivering effective fire safety. Having informed resident engagement is a key deliverable for us. This also allows us to be proactive with centrally managed SLAs and procurement which affords our clients preferential rates with professional competent providers, at the local level.
Our Property Managers receive regular pragmatic training and legislative developments from our Building Safety specialists, and we work as a collaborative team to provide a solutions-based service for our clients.
Absolutely, we’ve been working on a number of initiatives including the following -
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