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Timber chiefs look at Colindale lessons


TIMBER sector bosses will meet fire and health and safety chiefs today (Thursday) to discuss the findings of a report on a fire that ripped through a housing development in north London during the summer.

The Health and Safety Executive will sit down with timber frame industry representatives and officers from the London Fire Brigade to digest its report on the fire at the Beaufort Park development in Colindale in July.

The report is expected to recommend areas where timber frame building techniques should be adapted to account for the threat of fire during construction.

It could also lead to the HSE launching new guidelines on the fire control of building sites.

Bryan Woodley, chief executive at timber sector body the UK Timber Frame Association, welcomed the report.

He said: 'If need be we will take the results of the investigation on the chin and look at agreeing an action plan to introduce any findings.

'Timber frame is a proven and robust technique and we are absolutely committed to learning any lessons.'