Comment on: Architects break silence on Grenfell
There is no question the cladding was at fault, but what was the motive for re-cladding? Paragraph 4.12 of the original Grenfell Tower Planning Application (10.01.14 APP NO. PP/12/04097 /Q18) states: “Due to its height the tower is visible from the two adjacent Conservation Areas. The changes to the existing tower will improve its appearance especially when viewed from the surrounding area. Therefore views into and out of the conservation areas will be improved by the proposals.”
This tragedy shines a light on the darkest impulses in British society – privileging the privileged at the expense of 'others'.
Architects that engage in ‘regen’ projects should be under no illusion as to who they are serving.