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Fire expert: Grenfell Tower tragedy 'entirely predictable'


Notwithstanding the need to focus on the obvious human tragedy here, the BBC's reporting yesterday was woefully underpowered when it came to details of e.g. the refurb, the way the tower was originally built, etc. I found more in 10 minutes online at 8am yesterday - including an interview with the original project architect and basic info about the overcladding - than appeared on BBC TV or online coverage. By mid-day the BBC was describing rainscreen (over)cladding as "rain proof", presumably due to unfamiliarity. Fortunately this was rectified (much) later, including a useful piece on how rainscreen cladding of this type is actually made. But clearly there are questions to answer, not just on the cladding but the apparent issue of individual boilers and how they were fitted.

Posted date

15 June, 2017

Posted time

9:08 am