A leading building surveyor from a Telford consultancy has joined an elite club – after passing a rigorous new exam on fire safety regulation.

Joe Strafford, Principal Building Surveyor at apT, is now the only surveyor in Shropshire independently accredited by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) to offer advice on fire regulations for complex buildings over 18 metres high.

Joe passed a five-hour exam introduced in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy to become an associate member of the IFE. It means he can now advise on fire safety in tall and complex buildings anywhere in England and Wales and joins a select group of specialists with the qualification.

“I am delighted to have achieved this success,” said Joe, aged 36. “Gaining this important qualification means we have the knowledge and know-how within apT to deal with building issues of the most complex nature to ensure that our clients achieve compliance with all regulations.

“It is an independent recognition that we have the experience, depth and breadth of knowledge to deal with any project.

“The accreditation from the IFE means I can advise on these projects anywhere in England and Wales, and I have already been called in as a consultant on one scheme from outside our area.

“It is also an indication that Local Authority Building Control teams can often offer a much more comprehensive service than private sector competitors.”

apT, which is part of Telford & Wrekin Council, is the Midlands’ first public sector commercial planning, development and environmental consultancy, specialising in professional help and guidance for planning, highway design and building regulations.