How many more failed public sector projects and bankrupt contractors are required before ministers and civil servants realise that their procurement practices are totally flawed?
Comment on: Grenfell Tower fire | What now for regulations?
It is obvious by inspection that the new cladding/insulation system on Grenfell Tower did not comply with Building Regulations:
"B4. (1) The external walls of the building shall adequately resist the spread of fire over the walls and from one building to another, having regard to the height, use and position of the building".
It is very clear from the speed of the external spread of the fire in this high-rise residential building that this regulation was either not properly understood, or was ignored, when the new cladding and insulation was specified, detailed and installed.
As early as 1973, the Summerland fire taught us that cladding a building in materials that include flammable plastics is a really dangerous concept. Those involved with the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower do not appear to have considered the risks with the materials used.
From reports on the night of the fire, it is also questionable whether the building complied with other parts of the regulations e.g.
"B1. The building shall be designed and constructed so that there are appropriate provisions for the early warning of fire, and appropriate means of escape in case of fire from the building to a place of safety outside the building capable of being safely and effectively used at all material times".