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News analysis: Five questions about Grenfell Tower that must be answered

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The horrific images of the tower burning naturally focus attention on the cladding, but there are other questions to be clarified. The morning after the fire the BBC quoted residents (I think) as claiming the the fire brigade couldn't use the dry riser, and that there were difficulties in isolating the gas supply - and there's also the question of the speed at which the escape routes became smoke logged. On a wider scale, there are surely questions about whether the building control system of design and construction approvals is as effective as it should be - and whether the level of real (as opposed to theoretical) quality assurance provided by the tradition of employing a wide awake clerk of works who was completely independent of the contractors has fallen by the wayside. There seems to be evidence to support these concerns, for example the Scottish schools construction scandal, and the extraordinary and not fully explained failure of the almost new Dartington Primary School buildings - and how can 'design and build' contracts be ensured to be free of compromises on quality?

Posted date

20 June, 2017

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11:25 am

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