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Exclusive: Grenfell Tower architect Studio E goes into liquidation


Rarely do I agree with all other respondents to articles but I do so here. However the warning was given directly to government at the coroners inquest after the Lakanal House fire, when combustible cladding was known to be the cause. Eric Pickles was asked about the issue and he responded with an anodyne reply, and nothing was done. During the "Bonfire of Regulations and Red Tape" instituted by Cameron, to meet a political agenda (remember the expression "Nanny State") these warnings had to be ignored because no upgrading of regulations was allowed. My students wrote a 40,000 word research project on the subject. It was based on excellent research, and in the conclusions condemned pretty much everyone involved. One issue that the inquiry does not seem to have covered is the degree to which the project was monetised. A fire escape was removed from the lower floors to squeeze more flats in, because the redevelopment of Grenfell Tower had to "pay for itself". Perhaps I should send the students' research report to the inquiry for some light reading during the lockdown.

Posted date

25 May, 2020

Posted time

9:10 pm