The BPF and Ark working in partnership to support property owners prepare for the new safety regime

Mirela Duras
Posted by Mirela Duras on Oct 26, 2021 12:00:27 PM

The British Property Federation (BPF) and Ark Workplace Risk are working in partnership to inform and improve building safety in advance of the new building safety bill (BSB) and the Fire Safety Act 2021.

The coming together of Ark Workplace Risk and the BPF stands to run directly alongside the expected May 2023 implementation to finally turn the tide on building safety compromises that have been coming to the fore since the Grenfell disaster and arguably even before.

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Having played a crucial role in operational risk compliance and safety solutions in the property sector since 1994, this partnership especially spells a new age for Ark Workplace Risk.

Providing a valuable opportunity to exploit our strengths and share knowledge and thought leadership with an invaluable opportunity to extend reach to developers, property owners, managers, and more for the introduction of significant safety solutions that incorporate sectorial know-how, fire and building safety, tech-enabled solutions, and generally improved building safety overall.

Together, Ark Workplace Risk and the BPF will provide accessible, applicable pathways to compliance

Working alongside the voice of the real estate industry in the UK is especially a privilege for Ark Workplace Risk, and provides access to a diverse and inclusive set of owners, developers, funders, agents, and advisors that BPF represents.

Together, Ark Workplace Risk and the BPF will provide accessible, applicable pathways to compliance thought leadership that simplifies the otherwise daunting building safety regulatory regime to ensure that all parties benefit from these learnings.


Accessibility to the new chapter of compliance

This partnership is especially fortuitous at a time when property owners face some of the most significant building safety compliance shifts seen across recent generations.

Upcoming amendments and extensions of the FSO outlined in the BSB especially highlight the need for informed, proactive education delivered at a level that property owners across the country can access.

The BPF and Ark Workplace Risk partnership aim to arm members with this can-do attitude regarding a new chapter of compliance through a series of online and in-person events across the next 6-12 months.

These events will be free to attend for members, and directly address arising issues and confusions for property owners, property managing agents, building safety managers (BSM), and any other accountable persons (APs’).

The workshops will cover a vast array of topics surrounding proposed changes, specifically aiming to inform, advise and support surrounding key questions including –

  • What changes are coming into effect?
  • What technology can best support APs?
  • Who is responsible in this new regime and why?
  • Why you shouldn’t just focus on the golden thread to comply
  • And more

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An exciting collaborative opportunity

By bringing together their understanding of both property and safety compliance, the BPF and Ark Workplace Risk Partnership will provide ongoing value and informative content for their members and are especially excited to embark on these much-needed workshops together.

When talking of the collaboration, Rosalind Benjamin, founder of Ark Workplace Risk, especially expressed her excitement, stating –

“We are thrilled and excited to be collaborating with the British Property Federation, where together we will share key information about the new safety regime. With the expected May 2023 deadline, it is important property owners and property agents are prepared for the changes and are clear about what should be implemented and exploring pathways to compliance. Together with the BPF will be hosting a series of informative events that are aimed to help prepare and create clear pathways to compliance.”

For BPF, too, the opportunity to work closely with Ark Workplace Risk to provide a new, safety-led focus for members when they need it most is invaluable. Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy for BPF reports –

“I am pleased to be working together with Ark Workplace Risk on this programme covering what is a very important issue for our members. The new building safety system will present many challenges for building owners and developers, but there is a keenness to get on top of those now, rather than wait for the Building Safety Bill to be passed. Through a series of deep dives into some of the specifics, drawing on Ark’s expertise, we hope collectively to ensure the sector is well prepared and therefore best placed to meet its obligations.”

“I am pleased to be working together with Ark Workplace Risk on this programme covering what is a very important issue for our members..."

Partnering to provide an invaluable opportunity

For members, these workshops provide an invaluable opportunity to utilise skill sets from some of the most informed businesses in the property and safety field today, each of whom stands to draw on their own experience to offset potential upheaval in place of safety solutions that undoubtedly stand the test of time.

In light of regulatory changes that are continually growing closer, booking a seat for up and coming events via the website is certainly fundamental for feeling the full membership-based benefits that this partnership stands to offer.


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