Monday, 21 May, 2018


Ban on flammable cladding considered after backlash over Grenfell probe

Grenfell disaster probe 'finds race to the bottom' in buildings safety practices Sunderland Towers have cladding replaced
Bennie Garza | 17 May, 2018, 16:59

Mrs May said that, since the Grenfell Tower fire killed 71 people in west London last June, fire services had visited more than 1,250 high-rise buildings, and immediate action had been taken to ensure the safety of every resident.

'When Grenfell survivors and anxious residents in other tower blocks should have seen action, they have had to suffer painfully slow progress and broken promises.

RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, warned the government last month that the review would not deliver the necessary changes, adding that it wanted a full banning on cladding, a requirement for sprinklers to be fitted and the addition of a second escape route for high-rise residential buildings.

Labour member of parliament David Lammy, whose friend Khadija Saye, a 24-year-old artist, died in the fire, labeled the review "a betrayal and a whitewash".

But, responding to criticism of her report, she said she was open to seeing combustible cladding banned in the future.

Following the fire, cladding on hundreds of buildings failed safety tests.

'A series of commitments made by ministers up to and including the prime minister have not been honoured'.

"I will continue to stand with the Grenfell families and will continue to call for an outright ban on any combustible materials", he said.

"Worrying that a fire like Grenfell could happen again is something that keeps many of us awake at night", Sadafi told the BBC.

The review's author, engineer Judith Hackitt, said a ban would not be sufficient because existing regulations already meant that unsafe cladding should not have been used.

She said: 'As we approach the anniversary of the appalling tragedy that was the Grenfell Tower fire our thoughts are with the victims and survivors and all those affected by that tragedy'. "The cladding on the Grenfell Tower was deemed to be limited combustibility.it must be banned".

"The next problem may not be cladding and I have tried to fix the system, irrespective of what the next problem might be, not just the problem with cladding".

She also did not recommend a ban on so-called "desktop studies", assessments that can be used to approve cladding without physical fire safety tests taking place.

Enforcement powers will also be strengthened with more serious penalties for those who choose to "game the system" and place residents at risk. She said the problem was that people were cutting corners and ignoring the regulations.

- Clearer roles and responsibilities throughout the design and construction process, as well as during a building's occupation.

She said the new regulatory framework must also address the fact that "residents often go unheard, even when safety issues are identified".

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