Grenfell Tower: Cladding ‘changed to cheaper version’

Cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment was changed to a cheaper version, documents obtained by the BBC suggest.

Documents show the zinc cladding originally proposed was replaced with an aluminium type, which was less fire resistant, saving nearly £300,000.

The cladding is thought to have contributed to the spread of the fire that killed at least 80 people.

Kensington and Chelsea Council insists fire safety was not compromised.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40453054

Council leader to quit over fire response

Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Nick Paget-Brown has resigned following continued criticism of the council’s handling of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Mr Paget-Brown faced calls to resign from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a number of other senior politicians.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40461581

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One Response to Grenfell Tower: Cladding ‘changed to cheaper version’

  1. reg reader says:

    Thank you Rothpol for trying to keep up with the fast-moving events relating to this so avoidable tragedy.
    Some days ago Prime Minister May had told Councils etc to submit 25cm x 25cm samples of any cladding that they had used on high-rise blocks that they owned to BRE ( https://www.bre.co.uk/) for testing.
    To date, 137 samples have been submitted and all 137 samples have failed. Even on the 27th, my left-handed dyslexic statistician brain was telling me that something was unusual about the results that had come in – I always expect to see outliers.
    __________________
    On this morning’s BBC Today program, Lord Porter (Tory Chair of the Local Government Association) said that the testing regime was utter rubbish … that one had to test the whole structure not just one small sample of one component of it.
    … and of course, he is absolutely correct.
    ____________________________
    A close friend of mine, an art therapist, is now working in one of the schools where some of the little kids haven’t turned up for days…. and it is only to obvious why.

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