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Grenfell | Who’s who

Grenfell Tower fire

Roles and responsibilities of key organisations at Grenfell Tower

ROYAL BOROUGH OF KENSINGTON & CHELSEA (RBKC)

Owns Grenfell Tower, but as of April 1996 handed responsibility for managing it to The Kensington

& Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO). The council still owns the properties and retains responsibility for strategic housing policies and homeless people.

KENSINGTON & CHELSEA TENANT MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION (KCTMO)

Responsible for managing the building along with 9,760 others in the borough. The relationship between KCTMO and the council is governed by a management agreement, which covers all areas of the council’s landlord function. In 2002, KCTMO took over the responsibility for major capital works from the council to access extra resources and funding to enable KCTMO to bring its properties up to the Decent Homes Standard.

RYDON MAINTENANCE

Contracted by KCTMO to carry out a partial refurbishment of the building in summer 2014.

ARTELIA

Appointed by KCTMO as the employer’s agent, CDM co-ordinator and quantity surveyor for the partial refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. This included scrutinising tenders for the refurbishment.

STUDIO E ARCHITECTS

Appointed to work on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment, but refused to give details of its role. The firm said it was shocked and distressed by the fire: “It would be inappropriate for us to comment or speculate on events on Wednesday morning. We will be available to assist the relevant authorities as and when we are required,” it said.

MAX FORDHAM

Appointed building services engineer for the Grenfell Tower refurbishment by KCTMO, but declined to comment further.

HARLEY FAÇADES

Installed the exterior aluminium composite material (ACM) overcladding panels during the refurbishment as a subcontractor to Rydon. Managing director Ray Bailey said: “At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower.”

CEP ARCHITECTURAL FAÇADES

Fabricated (cut to shape) two of the components in the building’s cladding system (rainscreen panels and windows) using materials, and to a design it says were “specified by the Grenfell Tower design and build team”. It has added that “CEP’s role was limited to fulfilling the order for components to the specification, design and choice of material determined by the design and build contracting team.

“Investigators should focus on the whole system including insulation materials, fire barriers, fixings and railings. They should also look at the overall design and quality of installation and also at whether an assessment on the whole system was carried out.”

ARCONIC

Supplied Reynobond PE, the aluminium composite material (ACM) used as a component of the exterior overcladding system at Grenfell Tower. A statement from the firm said: “Current regulations within the United States, Europe and the UK permit the use of aluminium composite material in various architectural applications, including in high-rise buildings depending on the cladding system and overall building design. Our product is one component in the overall cladding system; we don’t control the overall system or its compliance.”

CELOTEX

Manufactures and supplies the insulation product RS5000, which was added to Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment. The firm said: “Safety testing was undertaken on RS5000 as part of a particular rainscreen cladding system and this is described in documents available on our website. As noted in those documents, any changes to components of the cladding system or construction methods used need to be considered by the relevant building designer.”

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