The Architects Registration Board (ARB) will carry out its own investigation into the role of the architects involved in the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy
Studio E Architects completed a £10 million refurbishment of the west London tower block in 2016. The work included installation of Reynobond PE cladding over PIR insulation boards.
The cladding has come under scrutiny, having failed government-backed fire safety tests in all 75 cases where similar systems have been found on tower blocks.
Last week Metropolitan Police detective superintendent Fiona McCormack said the force was considering manslaughter charges against all the companies involved in building or refurbishing Grenfell Tower following the fire, which claimed at least 79 lives earlier this month.
In a statement posted on the ARB’s website, the board said: ‘[We] will be undertaking [our] own investigations as to the involvement of any architects, but [will] not making any further comment unless and until disciplinary matters reach the public domain.’
It added: ‘A number of queries have been raised with ARB in respect of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. In the main these related to the involvement or culpability of architects involved in the refurbishment of the tower. ARB has responsibilities to uphold good standards in the profession, both in terms of regulating the conduct and competence of individual professionals and in ensuring that educational standards are sufficiently robust to produce architects capable of providing high-quality architecture.
‘The exact causes of the fire are yet to be established, and there has been a public Inquiry announced that will seek to establish the facts behind the disaster.’
Studio E Architects has been contacted for comment.