Ministers have ordered further tests after a fire door salvaged from Grenfell Tower failed police checks.
The government said more investigations would be carried out after the door withstood flames for just 15 minutes in an assessment by the Metropolitan Police. Building Regulations required the fire door to be resistant for 30 minutes.
Housing minister Sajid Javid said today that follow-up tests must be ‘carried out thoroughly but at pace’. The government said these would involve:
- Subjecting additional fire doors from the same batch and others to BS476-22 fire resistance tests
- Methodical deconstruction and comprehensive visual inspections of a series of doors
- Analysis of materials used in the manufacture of this batch of fire doors
- Investigation of the manufacturer’s supply records
An update will be provided at the end of next month.
Javid added: ‘Public safety is paramount. The government has consulted a range of independent experts and they have advised that the risks to public safety remain low.’
Judith Hackitt, chair of manufacturing employers’ body the EEF, is leading a government-commissioned independent review of Building Regulations and fire safety. Her interim report found the current regulations were ‘not fit for purpose’, and identified six broad areas for change.
A public inquiry, chaired by retired judge Martin Moore-Bick, is examining the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
It emerged in December that a Metropolitan Police Investigation into the fire had obtained ‘well in excess’ of 31 million documents.
Government officials last month wrote to council chiefs setting out their responsibilities in the wake of an interim report on fire safety in the light of the blaze.