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Digital Golden Thread

Ensuring a complete, digitised and live record of the digital golden thread (DGT) of information on every project.

Post-Grenfell, the Digital Golden Thread of information is an output of the Building Safety Act, which mandated industry-wide changes for the UK construction industry. Hydrock’s pioneering response is a dedicated, digitised service that goes far beyond this.

Our Digital Golden Thread team will keep you ahead of the curve, mitigate your risk of non-compliance, and ensure people and communities are kept safe.

It can seem like there’s no end to the data generated before and during construction. Keeping track of everything and gaining ‘live’ insights has never felt so elusive – until now. Our approach goes far beyond current regulatory standards, promoting competency and ‘the right attitude’ as standard.

Meeting the requirements of the Digital Golden Thread

  • Consultancy: Let us steer you through the Digital Golden Thread via our expert consultancy services who can advise at every stage of a project
  • Coordination: Trust us to deliver the Digital Golden Thread on your behalf via our specialist coordination offering
  • Peer review: Need to ensure compliance? We offer a Digital Golden Thread peer review service that ensures you’re on track to meet and exceed compliance
  • Digital Support: The jewel in our crown, our bespoke Digital Golden Thread platform, co-ordinated and delivered by our dedicated in-house BIM team, is our technical response to these regulatory changes.

Benefits and features:

  • Industry-leading digital golden thread service.
  • Enhanced fire safety, end-to-end.
  • Live, accurate and trustworthy data.
  • Drive culture change.
  • Simple to access and adopt.
  • Secure and GDPR compliant, where required.

The Digital Golden Thread of information

Digitised building information management throughout the property lifecycle. From conception to occupation, to decommissioning, including all safety critical elements relating to fire safety, structural and MEP systems.

Developed in collaboration with industry and government, our offering helps you to stay compliant and take control of your digital golden thread duties with a faultless transfer of information and evidence. This is compliance and approval made easy.

Our service exceeds industry standards. Combining BIM processes and digital twin technology, our platform records the decision process around protection measures, supports auditing strategies for design-side and client-side quality assurance, and provides a system to record construction decisions and beyond.

Ultimately, this makes the handover between duty holders as seamless as possible, helping ensure your building and its occupants are safe now and into the future.

Own your data

Take control of your project from concept to occupation. Collect, track and review construction information using a single source of truth.

Standardise project handover

Set the standard and achieve consistency. Maintain the golden thread of information and achieve a seamless transition of structured data from design to asset management.

Demonstrate compliance

Be empowered by data. Evidence compliance applicable best practice that goes beyond the latest regulations.

High Risk Buildings

Digital Golden Thread regulatory requirements are based on High Rise (or risk) Residential Buildings (HRRB), which are classed as either over 18m or seven storeys in height. HRRBs include hospitals and care homes.

Our position is resolute. All buildings under construction should adopt DGT protocols. This is fundamental if we are to prevent a ‘two-tier’ approach to fire safety in buildings.

The Digital Golden Thread gateways

The new Building Safety Act, which received royal ascent in April 2022, sets out a clear pathway for the future on how buildings should be constructed and maintained.

To ensure a ‘golden thread’ of information throughout a building’s lifecycle, legislation has defined and mandated three separate gateway points against which building owners must demonstrate compliance to the new Building Safety Regulator at each stage.

Gateway one: before planning permission is granted, an accountable person must be identified as being responsible for fire and structural safety.

Gateway two: requires that an application is submitted to the Building Safety Regulator prior to construction starting, outlining the full design intention, and asserting the competency of the principal designer and principal contractor.

Gateway three: upon completion of building, a golden thread of data must be transferred to the accountable person for use throughout the life of the building as part of the safety case.

Whilst BS 8644 and the Building Safety Act only currently applies to high-risk buildings, we expect regulation will become more widespread sooner than later. In fact, we believe it should.

We’re safeguarding communities, businesses and assets through a holistic approach to understanding and managing the risks posed by the threat of fire.

Safeguarding communities, businesses and assets, through pragmatic design solutions and managing the risk of fire in the built environment.

We’re ensuring buildings are safe, compliant and insurable by providing robust investigations and reporting on existing and proposed cladding.

Bringing eminence, clarity and independence to public inquiries and planning appeals.

We’re accelerating the built environment’s rapid innovation, particularly in response to climate change. This is the key to optimising ‘fire resistance’ design for certainty.

Bringing buildings to life, creating award-winning, high-performance environments that enhance the built environment.

Our wider fire safety team includes Chartered engineers and is BAFE SP205 Gold Standard accredited, which is a measure of the quality of our people. It sets us apart.

While our Digital Golden Thread service remains impartial, we can also offer a validation service performed by our specialist fire risk management team.

This provides our clients with an extra layer of due diligence ensuring the critical fire safety elements have been installed to appropriate standards during construction.

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