Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Timber frame register planned in wake of south London site fire safety

A register is to be created to keep tabs on the progress of large timber frame construction sites in the wake of the Peckham blaze last month.

The UK Timber Frame Association told Construction News it was looking to introduce the Site Safe Scheme to reduce the risk of disaster on such sites.

The database would contain information on all timber frame developments that are either four storeys or more in height or have a floor space covering an area greater than 2,500 sq m.

All UKTFA members would be required to provide the association with information on such sites including the location, contractor, developer, manufacturers and development details.

They would also have to provide formal paperwork to prove the timber frame suppliers had made the contractors aware of potential risks during the pre-contract and pre-start meetings.

Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes last month after a fire broke out at a Peckham building site where Greenacre Homes was developing 39 timber frame properties.

UKTFA chairman Geoff Arnold said he hoped the industry would “emerge stronger” by learning lessons from the incident.

He said the association was working hard to develop the register, which he hoped to have in place by the end of January.

Mr Arnold said he was in talks with the UK Contractors Group about the scheme, with an aim that all registered sites be subjected to safety audits once a month.

“We will be looking to have random inspections at the sites, and all the information will be logged,” he said.

“If there are concerns, they will be raised with the Health and Safety Executive.”

He said his team would also work “very closely” with the HSE in the coming weeks to get the  register to the implementation stage. The safety regulator has spent recent months working on a similar register for tower cranes, which will begin operation on 6 April.

Mr Arnold said the register could also ensure fire and rescue services were given early notification as to where and when timber frame construction was being used.