Speaking after the release of the London Fire Brigade (LFB) report into the Colindale timber frame development fire last July, UKTFA chairman Stewart Dalgarno said that a third party fire management safety system and new compartmentation rules, which aim to reduce fire spread, were being worked on.

These are being developed alongside advances in chemical solutions to improve fire retardation during the construction process, the growth in closed panel systems and flooring improvements creating horizontal compartmentation.

“Timber frame construction is a growth sector for the industry and we don’t want to see anything affect that,” said Mr Dalgarno.

“There are numerous examples of positive projects involving timber frame construction and we are also looking to learn from the recent negative issues.”

However, Mr Dalgarno added that ensuring conformance to CDM regulations was a “here and now” issue for the UKTFA and UK fire brigades.

UKTFA has also stated that the LFB wants to see the relationship between construcion methods and systems of working on timber frame projects assessed, including site management and site security.