Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

D+D News

Main News Page


Grenfell Inquiry Dismisses 'Expert Architect'

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

More items for Good Technical Practice

Comment | More

Just days after the officials leading London’s Grenfell Tower public inquiry appointed John Priestley an “expert architectural witness,” the decision was reversed after it came to light that Priestley lied about being a registered architect.

The Architect’s Journal reports that the Architects Registration Board launched an investigation after learning of the potential misuse of the title “architect” by Priestly, of John Priestly Associates.

(The title of “architect” is a protected term in the United Kingdom, and can legally only be used by those in the registry. Anyone caught breaching the rules faces significant fines.)

An ARB spokesperson told the Journal: “Based on the information available at this time, we have reason to believe the individual in question is Andrew John Priestley who first came on to the Architects Register in 1987, but has not been registered since 2010. We will be taking appropriate action in response to this matter.”

The Inquiry

The public inquiry is investigating the fatal fire that occurred in June 2017 that killed more than 70 people.

In terms of the inquiry, Priestly had been appointed to examine the choice of materials used in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment, look at compliance with legislation and regulations and also evaluate the quality of workmanship on the building. He was expected to draw up details that the inquiry had planned to rely on during its second stage, set to start in the spring.

ChiralJon, CC-SA-BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Priestly had been appointed to examine the choice of materials used in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment, look at compliance with legislation and regulations and also evaluate the quality of workmanship on the building.

“All expert witnesses instructed by the inquiry are expected to comply with any relevant provisions and professional codes of conduct,” an inquiry spokesperson said.

“Following the receipt of information that Mr. Priestley is not currently registered with the Architects Registration Board, the inquiry has withdrawn his instruction as an expert witness.”

There has been no word on who will replace Priestly as an expert architect for the inquiry, which started earlier this month.

After opening statements, focus quickly shifted to the subcontractors responsible for the tower’s refurbishment, with many of whom refusing to give statements to the council.

   

Tagged categories: Architects; Ethics; Fire; Health and safety; Safety

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Novatek Corporation
 
Novatek Portable Air Filtration Systems
 
Air Scrubbers/Negative Air machines for restoration, abatement, dust & odor control, hazardous contaminant removal from job sites to clean rooms and hospitals. Portable, affordable!
 

 
Keim Mineral Coatings
 
Mineral Silicate Paints + Stains Fuse to Concrete
 
• Forms permanent chemical bonds
• Becomes part of the concrete
• Will never peel
• Looks completely natural
 

 
Shield Industries, Inc
 
FireGuard® E-84 Intumescent Coating - Shield Industries, Inc
 
Trust the certified protection of the industry’s most innovative intumescent coating FireGuard® E-84 to provide you with the 1 and 2 hour fire ratings you need.
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 

© Copyright 2012-2018, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved