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Grenfell Tower inquiry turns down RIBA's offer to help


What was the architects' brief at Grenfell? appointed by the client? or contractor? For both design and construction drawings? And inspections? Was there a Clerk of Works ? Is the layout of one staircase and the rule of "stay in your flat if the fire alarm goes off" common practice throughout England (Wales?)for a high multi-storey block of flats or is this a comparatively new idea? And finally are such buildings still being built? There are lots of questions which architects are best prepared to answer over and above those within the client organisations' knowledge of those acting and while it seems strange that the RIBA has been rejected as a core participant it might be the case that the expert witnesses for all the Client Design and Construction parties have common views I fear this will be unlikely. Perhaps the RIBA will be called upon to offer expert witnesses and the "core participant " rejection might in that case be more appropriate

Posted date

22 November, 2017

Posted time

10:13 pm