THE GRENFELL Tower atrocity may have been avoided if an extra £5,000 had been spent on fire resistant panels, an investigation has revealed.
The panels used in the refurbishment, known as Reynobond, were the cheapest of three versions and allegedly the only one that is not fire–resistant.
Reynobond sell their fire-resistant panel for £24 per square metre, a £2 increase on the standard version. A rough calculation based on the panelling being used on 2,000 square metres of the tower block means it would have been available for an additional £5,000, The Times revealed.
Witnesses described the tower block going up like a “match stick” as the fire consumed the whole building, which has killed at least 17 people.
Scotland Yard have confirmed they are starting a criminal enquiry amid calls from MPs and the public for corporate manslaughter charges to be filed.
Sussex firm Rydon, which carried out a £8.6 million refurbishment of the exterior of Grenfell Tower last year, which included the instalment of aluminium panels and new windows, said its work “met all required building control, fire regulation, and health and safety standards”.
Cladding is often used to improve energy efficiency and it is thought there could be up to 30,000 buildings in the UK fitted with similar cladding to that used on Grenfell Tower.