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Grenfell Review by Dame Judith Hackitt

Hackitt Review Key Findings – first cited in the Building Magazine

Main findings:

  • The system of building regulation and fire safety is not fit for purpose
  • The clarity of roles and responsibilities within the system is poor
  • The means of assessing and ensuring appropriate levels of competence throughout the system is unclear and inadequate
  • Enforcement and sanction measures are poor
  • Current methods for testing, certification and marketing of construction products and systems are not clear
  • The use of desktop studies to assess Building Regulations compliance is not properly managed or controlled

Main recommendations:

  • Streamline and restructure suite of “approved documents” sitting under Building Regulations
  • Set up a clear, responsible dutyholder who is held to account for building performance, including work done by subcontractors
  • Establish a robust and coherent system of accreditation covering all those who work on buildings
  • Fire risk assessments to be carried out annually
  • Government should significantly restrict the use of “desktop studies” for assessing building control compliance


The Captains Hotel, St Martins

One of Chescoe’s most recent projects has been at The Captains Hotel in St Martins in Guernsey. The Hotel is owned by Liberation Group and managed by Del and Alison De La Mare.

Chescoe designed the scheme to put in a new bar and alfresco dining area and then obtained planning permission, a building license along with a liquor license from the Royal Court so that that the project could go ahead. Chescoe also assisted with the financial control of the project on behalf of the client.

Local builder, John Blumsom, was appointed as the main contractor and worked in conjunction with Chescoe and the client to procure and complete the project.

Chescoe has enjoyed working alongside Liberation Group to improve and add value to the already highly regarded Captains Hotel. We look forward to working alongside them on future projects.