Theresa May has said there needs to be a ‘major national investigation’ into the cladding of buildings across the country
A spokesperson for the prime minister made the comments, reported by the Guardian, as communities secretary Sajid Javid revealed that cladding samples from 95 buildings in 32 local authorities had failed fire safety tests following the Grenfell Tower fire.
‘The prime minister said there would need to be a major national investigation into what had gone wrong, when cladding which is failing the tests was fitted on buildings across the country over a number of decades,’ said the spokesperson.
’Very clearly, these failures are concerning and this is why the prime minister said to cabinet this morning we need to have this major national investigation.’
May’s spokesperson said that so far there had been a ‘100 per cent failure rate’ for the cladding samples tested as part of the government’s response to Grenfell Tower. Cladding samples from around 600 high-rise buildings across the UK are expected to be tested by the BRE on behalf of the government.
A number of fire safety experts believe that the Reynobond aluminium composite rainscreen cladding with polyethylene core installed at Grenfell Tower was a factor in causing the fire to spread so quickly.
It was also announced that RICS president Amanda Clack and Building Research Establishment chief executive Peter Bonfied would be among the appointees to an independent expert advisory panel launched by the government in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid said the panel, chair by Ken Knight whose previous roles include London fire commissioner and government chief fire and rescue adviser. would advise on any immediate measures that could be put in place to ensure building safety,