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Grenfell | Inquiry seeks two extra assessors

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The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire is looking to appoint a further two assessors, one of whom will be tasked with reviewing design and build issues at the tower.

The two assessors will join civil engineering professor David Nethercot and his colleagues Joe Montgomery and Joyce Redfern, respectively the inquiry’s social housing and local government experts.

It was also revealed yesterday (Monday) that the inquiry has received more than 267,000 documents for consideration. It is expected this could rise to 300,000.

Experts are conducting detailed reconstructions and forensic analysis to determine what happened and how the fire was able to spread through the building. Arup fire safety engineer leader Dr Barbara Lane will deliver her report on fire protection measures at the tower to the inquiry’s core participants by 30 March. Four other industry experts will also deliver their reports on different aspects of the fire by 30 March.

The inquiry into the fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London, in the early hours of of 14 June 2017, is split into two phases which will run in parallel.

The first will examine what actually happened in the early hours of the morning when the fire broke out. The second phase will look at the refurbishment and how the building was exposed to such a fire risk.

The next procedural hearings for the inquiry will take place on 21 and 22 March.

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