Grenfell Tower inquiry

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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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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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 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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Grenfell families want inquiry to look at role of ‘race and class’ in tragedy

July 26, 2020

The Grenfell Tower fire inquiry must include a separate investigation into how “race and class” contributed to the tragedy, according to a group supporting more than a third of the deceased. The organisation, which represents 28 of the 72 individuals who died in the fire, submitted a statement on 21 July to the inquiry chairman, […]

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Grenfell architect clashed with council over fire prevention

July 13, 2020

Building control officers insisted on fire barriers in the wall structure, inquiry hears A covered Grenfell Tower on the third anniversary of the disaster last month. Photograph: Anselm Ebulue/Getty Images One of the Grenfell Tower architects said they were “miffed” at demands from a building safety officer aimed at preventing fire spreading up the tower […]

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