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London's Grenfell Public Inquiry Hearings Begin

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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London’s inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people in June has begun its procedural hearings and is streaming them live on YouTube.

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London’s inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people in June has begun its procedural hearings and is streaming them live on YouTube.

The public inquiry, chaired by retired judge Martin Moore-Brick, is examining the circumstances that led to the catastrophic fire with two goals in mind.

Moore-Brick has said previously that in the inquiry’s first phase will look at “immediate impacts,” including not only how the fire started and how it spread, but also the evacuation procedures that followed.

He said that there was “an urgent need to find out what aspects of the building’s design and construction played a significant role in enabling the disaster to occur’ and to establish whether there were, potentially, ‘similar defects in other high-rise buildings,'” the Architects' Journal reported.

The hope, he said, is that an initial report for that first phase is submitted in spring 2018.

The second phase will look at broader issues, including the design of the building in terms of regulations and compliance with those regulations throughout all of its renovations and modifications. It will also look at the adequacy of the regulations themselves, he added.

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The public inquiry, chaired by retired judge Martin Moore-Brick, is examining the circumstances that led to the catastrophic fire with two goals in mind.

The Architects' Journal reports that last month, the inquiry released its appointment of the three assessors who will be advising Moore-Brick: civil engineer David Nethercot, who will look at Grenfell Tower’s design, construction and refurbishment; Joyce Redfearn, former chief executive at Wigan Council, who will examine practices among authorities regarding the services procured during the design and construction of residential buildings; and Joe Montogomery, chief executive for Urban Land Institute’s Europe branch, who will look at issues relating to community engagement and management of social housing.

That update also included information on “core participants,” who will be highlighting different pieces of evidence. That update stirred some controversy, because while 25 organizations and professional bodies were granted core participant status, the Royal Institute of British Architects is not among them.

The hearing resumes today at 10:30 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. EST). Watch it here.

   

Tagged categories: Cladding; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Government; Health and safety; Laws and litigation; Safety

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