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Grenfell Inquiry Taps New Architect Expert

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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The Grenfell Inquiry—a public investigation into the fatal fire that occurred at London’s Grenfell Tower in June 2017 that killed more than 70 people—has appointed a new architectural expert witness after the original choice has been removed for not actually being a registered architect.

The Inquiry announced that former Royal Institute of British Architects president Paul Hyett, a principal at HKS Architects, will now be its choice of witness.

What Happened

In June, just days after the Inquiry appointed John Priestley as its witness, the decision was reversed after 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 Architects’ Journal at the time: “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.”

And Now

Hyett will now report on the architectural design of the tower’s controversial refurbishment. He will look at the choice of materials; development of the design; compliance with legislation and regulations; and the quality of the workmanship.



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

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