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Exclusive: Grenfell Tower architect Studio E goes into liquidation

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While this may not be the last episode in the saga for the architects involved, it is a salutary lesson for the profession. Four of my fourth year students determined that the architect had made the design of the building more dangerous, nearly two years before this was declared at the inquiry. Life and asset safety are not seen as priorities in architectural education, by comparison to making a building pretty. Control over these issues are taken away from the architect in practice when procurement control falls directly from an arms length body with no interest in the long-term outcome into the hands of a contractor who can walk away from the project simply by liquidating every few years. There needs to be a rebalancing on all levels, in education, in procurement and in the roles, duties and competencies of those in charge and those overseeing the design, delivery and ongoing occupancy of all structures. And someone needs to be held accountable for the fact that the Building Regulations in England were not changed to protect life, throughout an eight year period, even after the government were told that many people would die in a fire just like Grenfell.

Posted date

21 May, 2020

Posted time

9:45 am

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