Planning documents for UK tower in fatal fire omitted safety barriers : Reuters

Planning documents detailing the refurbishment of a residential tower block in West London where at least 12 people died in a fire on Wednesday did not refer to a type of fire barrier that building safety experts said should be used when high rise blocks are being re-clad.

The local authority which owns Grenfell Tower in Kensington declined to confirm whether fire barriers were installed on most floors between the insulation panels attached to the exterior of the building as part of the renovation.

Rydon Group, the construction company which undertook the work, also declined to say whether they had been used, but said the revamp “met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards.”

“We are shocked to hear of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and our immediate thoughts are with those that have been affected by the incident,” a Rydon spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The government department in charge of regulating building work – the Department for Communities and Local Government – did not respond to Reuters’ questions, including whether such fire barriers were required by law.

It later issued a statement saying “it would not be appropriate to comment on the cause of the fire.”

Legal experts declined to express an opinion on whether fire barriers are required by law.

A 2012 planning document published by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which included detailed diagrams of the planned new panelling and the materials used in the new skin, did not include reference to the barriers, according to a Reuters review.




  1. You are right Jeff, things have a habit of disappearing, when an inquiry is launched.

    That’s why it’s also important that the blog, that the residents were running, with details of all the correspondence and threatening letters from Kensington council, are safely copied, to stop any deletions of evidence.

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  2. It is highly likely that the inquiry will be given a very narrow remit, take several years and end with the “lessons learned, measures put in place” mantra…


    1. Thanks Linda. I have re-blogged that excellent article.
      I particularly agreed with this statement…

      “Useless idiot Theresa May has announced a “public inquiry’ — I am absolutely FUKING SICK of inquiries in this country. Let’s just call them what they are: show trials. OK, fine have an inquiry, good I welcome it — but it’s only useful it leads to actual changes, convictions, prosecutions etc.”


  3. Meanwhile people are scared to death (living in these types of flats) waiting for their useless inquiry to get going and a conclusion is reached.

    I lived (for 18 months, Kennishead avenue, South west Glasgow) in a high rise building, in 1990, I shudder to think what cost cutting materials are used in that building.
    Would I take a chance and live there again ?, NO WAY JOSE.

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  4. Some really lovely people (full of compassion and heart) read and comment in the Express you know..!!

    8 hours ago
    We have an electricity network & roads network designed for ‘X’ number of people.
    Then comes ‘Y’ number of people over burdening it .
    Mostly low paid or unemployed people so paying little or not tax towards the extra infrastructure & housing needed for them.
    Mass immigration leads to problem after problem. In fact most problems we have are due to mass immigration.
    Full schools, unprecedented rate of loss of greenbelt etc etc

    Net migration is running at 700 more people here every day
    = 300 more homes needed everyday
    = two of these blocks need building every day or about 700 tower blocks needed every year !

    People are saying they are poor.
    Sorry but these immigrants come here. Get subsidised housing. They breed like rabbits even though they can’t afford a mortgage so we’re expected to house their spawn. Mostly Moslems who won’t mix with out own. Don’t respect our traditions, don’t fully integrate etc
    If they’re poor then tough 5h*t

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