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Bolton fire: Anger over ‘cladding lottery’ after blaze at student flats


The history of the specification and approval of cladding material is surely now even more in the spotlight - and regardless of the particular history of this building, there surely needs to be forensic review of the efficacy of building standards control - of both design and construction approval - and also of the control of changes to specification at construction stage. In particular, the role of what's politely called 'cost engineering' but which seems to be a strong temptation for the contractor to cash in on (and sometimes abuse) the concept of material and component substitution on an 'equal and approved' basis. There seems to have been increased fragmentation of responsibility for site quality control in recent years, and it's not clear that the development of quality management systems and standards has been of real benefit or sometimes just acted as a smokescreen for bad construction.

Posted date

18 November, 2019

Posted time

11:15 am