I agree with Alan Dunlop..something wrong with the governance here . JIm Cuthbertson (retired Glasgow Architect) still interested at 77! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
very sad to hear of ADF demise............Jim Cuthbertson
Stop building high rise flats with one staircase - stop telling tenants to stay in their flats if the fire alarm sounds. If structure still sound reconfigure and replan Grenfell by installing two new staircases , one of which is designated primarily for fire service use , including fire service instructing escape if appropriate- (ie therefore three in total)
What was the architects' brief at Grenfell? appointed by the client? or contractor? For both design and construction drawings? And inspections? Was there a Clerk of Works ? Is the layout of one staircase and the rule of "stay in your flat if the fire alarm goes off" common practice throughout England (Wales?)for a high multi-storey block of flats or is this a comparatively new idea? And finally are such buildings still being built?
There are lots of questions which architects are best prepared to answer over and above those within the client organisations' knowledge of those acting and while it seems strange that the RIBA has been rejected as a core participant it might be the case that the expert witnesses for all the Client Design and Construction parties have common views I fear this will be unlikely. Perhaps the RIBA will be called upon to offer expert witnesses and the "core participant " rejection might in that case be more appropriate
I agree with Alan Dunlop ...........the pier is engineering and the architecture unexciting - a disappointing winner for the Stirling Prize. Jim Cuthbertson (retired RIBA FRIAS, MRIAI,)