Section: Grenfell Tower

Evidence submitted during March at the Second Phase of the Inquiry

The second phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry started on Monday 27th January. Full transcripts of all evidence submitted can be found on the Inquiry's website via this link.

The links links below are to articles that have appeared elsewhere, which summarise key evidence (and related issues) submitted to the inquiry this month.

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Grenfell Tower public inquiry delayed due to witnesses' demands - contractors and the client for the tower's refurbishment want immunity from prosecution.
- The Guardian: 02.02.20: Article link

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The architect of the Grenfell Tower refurbishment has admitted he did not read building regulations aimed at preventing cladding fires and had no idea that panels used to insulate buildings could be combustible.
- The Guardian: 03.03.20: Article link

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Studio E Architects' project lead for the Grenfell Tower refurbishment said claims made about the insulation product used for the block's tragic refurbishment were as misleading as those in 2013's horsemeat scandal.
- Building Design: 09.03.20: Article link

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An architect who drew up the specifications for the Grenfell Tower refurbishment has said he was not involved in any discussion about the fire performance of the proposed cladding panels, and that instead the focus was on "appearance and cost".
- The Guardian: 11.03.20: Article link

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The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has been suspended for the foreseeable future after the prime minister tightened restrictions on social distancing.
- Grenfell Inquiry Website: 16.03.20: Website link

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Social landlords 'face £10bn bill to fix fire safety problems'

Posted 02.03.20
The Guardian: Further reading

Social landlords have warned they are facing a bill of more than £10 billion to fix fire safety problems after the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The cost is at least 25 times greater than the £400 million budgeted for so far by ministers for housing associations to remove Grenfell-style cladding.

It emerged as pressure grows on Downing Street to sanction a separate bailout of private leaseholders estimated at more than £2 billion, with hundreds of thousands of homeowners unable to sell or mortgage their homes.

The National Housing Federation Chief Executive, Kate Henderson, revealed the scale of the cost to the Guardian as landlords discovered scores of their blocks were wrapped in other combustible materials and suffered from other safety flaws which under new government guidance must be fixed.

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