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Grenfell public inquiry to probe industry practice

Grenfell

The Grenfell Tower public inquiry will examine the adequacy of industry best practice and building regulations, according to newly published terms of reference.

The inquiry, led by retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will also consider fire safety measures in place at Grenfell Tower and decisions relating to the building’s 2016 refurbishment.

Moore-Bick has written to prime minister Theresa May setting out the scope of the inquiry, which she has accepted. More than 550 responses were received during the consultation period, which was extended twice to give residents more time to respond.

The inquiry has now officially begun and the first hearing will take place on 14 September. Moore-Bick is also considering the appointment of assessors to the inquiry. These are most likely to have backgrounds in social housing management, local government administration and technical and scientific issues.

A separate criminal investigation into the fire is taking place concurrently, along with several other inquiries. The government is holding an inquiry into building regulations in light of the Building Research Establishment’s testing programme for cladding samples and systems.

The Construction Industry Council is holding an inquiry into design and construction practices in the housing sector, while the ICE is reviewing the risk of a catastrophic incident happening in the infrastructure industry.

Inquiry scope

  • Immediate causes of the fire and how it spread, as well as what fire prevention measures were in place
  • The design and construction of the tower and decisions made during its refurbishment
  • The scope and adequacy of current building regulations, industry best practice, fire safety guidance relating to high-rise buildings and compliance with these at Grenfell Tower
  • Actions of the council and other bodies in dealing with residents’ concerns and fire risks
  • The response of London Fire Brigade and central and local government immediately after the fire.

 

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