Grenfell Tower fire

Firm rigged tests of rival product after Grenfell blaze, inquiry told

December 9, 2020

A manufacturer of Grenfell Tower’s combustible insulation rigged tests and hired lobbyists after the disaster to try to persuade MPs that rival non-combustible products might be no less dangerous, the public inquiry has heard. The evidence came as the hearings were adjourned until January because a member of the inquiry team had tested positive for […]

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Fire safety staff paid to protect at-risk building jam ventilation system closed

November 20, 2020

A mum-of-two living in a ‘high risk’ flat in a building with major fire safety issues has told how ‘waking watch’ staff placed her home in even more danger. Millions of people are currently trapped in flammable and unsafe buildings, after their faults were discovered during external wall surveys (EWS) carried out in the wake […]

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Grenfell lessons and the need to talk to tenants | Letters

October 22, 2020

Thank you for your continuing coverage of the Grenfell inquiry, and your vital underlining of its significance in your editorial (The Guardian view on Grenfell secrets: regeneration shame, 18 October). There have been three Grenfell stories. Number one was the immediate response that residents had been betrayed by an insensitive council. Then came Andrew O’Hagan’s […]

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Grenfell landlord called safety campaigner an antagonist, inquiry told

October 12, 2020

Tenant organisation singled out Ed Daffarn, who later escaped the burning tower Ed Daffarn, survivor of the Grenfell Tower fire. Photograph: Karen Robinson/The Observer A Grenfell Tower resident who campaigned for safety was described as an “antagonist” by the council landlord, the inquiry into the 2017 disaster has heard. Paul Dunkerton, a project manager for […]

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Grenfell: inquiry hears council at heart of cost-cutting decisions

October 6, 2020

RBKC used ‘decisive influence’ to remove original contractor over budget concerns Simon Cash, Artelia’s project director on Grenfell, giving evidence to the public inquiry in London. Photograph: Grenfell Tower Inquiry/PA The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) used “decisive influence” to remove the original contractor on Grenfell Tower despite its claims to have delegated […]

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Flat owners face £30,000 bill each to replace cladding after Grenfell disaster

October 5, 2020

Families in a north London block of flats fear going bankrupt after being told they would have to foot a £1.7 million bill to replace flammable cladding. Owners of properties in the L’Ecole development in Islington are ‘sick with anxiety’ after being asked by their freeholder Pinnacle Property Management to start budgeting for the repairs. […]

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Grenfell surveyor had to handle 130 projects at once, inquiry hears

September 30, 2020

The council department responsible for checking the safety of the Grenfell Tower refurbishment was “swamped” with work as austerity-driven cuts slashed staff numbers and the key surveyor was left handling 130 projects at once, the public inquiry in the disaster has heard. John Hoban, senior building control surveyor at the Royal Borough of Kensington and […]

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Grenfell sales manager promised ‘very nice meal’ for making deal with cladding firm

September 10, 2020

A commercial manager working on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment was promised a ‘very nice meal’ after securing a deal with the building’s cladding supplier. Mark Harris, who worked in sales for construction company Harley Facades, told an inquiry he had a ‘close relationship’ with cladding manufacturer Alcoa, now Arconic, and supplier CEP. However, he denied […]

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Grenfell Tower inquiry: what we have learned since July

September 6, 2020

The Grenfell Tower public inquiry restarts on Monday, 28 months since it began with tearful tributes to the 72 people who died as a result of the fire. Hearings are expected to run into 2022, but the forensic analysis of how the high-rise homes were wrapped in combustible cladding has started to produce devastating revelations. […]

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Grenfell bereaved say Covid ban on attending inquiry is ‘madness’

September 6, 2020

Survivors and bereaved of the Grenfell Tower fire have branded as “madness” rules that mean although they can eat at a restaurant or drink in a pub, they are still not allowed to attend the public inquiry, which restarts on Monday. The builders of the disastrous refurbishment will continue giving evidence in front of an […]

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