Is it me or is the construction industry losing the ability to specify the correct materials?
Or is that cost pressures are over-ruling everything?
Or is it that some people are making design changes who do not know the consequences of their decisions, possibly because they only know about cost?
We all need to learn from this near fatal mistake.
Back in 1995 I was involved with replacing the windows on 4 towers of the Silchester Estate, of which Frinstead House is one. I recall that they do at least have concrete cladding panels. One of the jobs to do involved removing asbestos panels around the windows. I presume the campaign is to get sprinklers added to all 4 towers.
Regarding the demand for residents elsewhere to pay for the replacement of cladding, I recall a few months ago the Minster publicly saying this would not be allowed...……..
Just three narrow staircases for the whole development!
Comment on: Hackitt Report response: What architects need to know about latest fire-safety consultation
The consultation document has 121 questions requesting responses. I wonder who will be able to spare the time to make a submission. Hopefully, at least the main institutions will. I would urge designers to at least try to find the time to take a look at it.
Something has gone terribly wrong with this timber cladding. It should not have burst into flames so quickly. We can only be thankful that no one was seriously injured or worse.
I fear that it may take years before it becomes clear whether something was wrongly specified or whether an inadequate alternative was applied or even if the treatment was missed completely. We may even never know such is the blame culture that exists. I hope others can throw some light on this. Please speak up TRADA!