Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Grenfell report to call for wholesale fire safety changes

Grenfell report to call for wholesale fire safety changes

While private owners would be asked to remove the cladding, de Brenni said the government could increase its powers to ensure safety measures were enforced.

Britain will spend £400 million (RM2.15 billion) stripping high-rise buildings of the risky cladding blamed for last year's Grenfell Tower fire which left 71 people dead, Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday.

But speaking to BBC Radio Four on Thursday, Hackitt stood by her stance on not recommending an outright ban on all flammable materials in cladding, insisting such a move would not solve the entire problem.

RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, warned the government last month that the review would not deliver the necessary changes, adding that it wanted a full banning on cladding, a requirement for sprinklers to be fitted and the addition of a second escape route for high-rise residential buildings.

The state's yearlong inquiry found at least 70 buildings so far requiring rectification work for the cladding, with about 880 structures needing further inspections, reported the ABC News channel.

Hackitt's report is expected to address many of these problems, but overlooking a ban on cladding is likely prompt anger from survivors and campaigners.

One Manchester, which owns and manages 17 high-rise blocks in Hulme and East Manchester, said: "We are encouraged by the statement made yesterday by Theresa May and we look forward to further information as promised from the housing secretary".

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But the government said Dame Judith was "an independent and authoritative voice".

"The next problem may not be cladding and I have tried to fix the system, irrespective of what the next problem might be, not just the problem with cladding".

The review found that some building firms use the ambiguity around the rules to "game the system", with the primary motivation to "do things as quickly and cheaply as possible" rather than focusing on quality. Hackitt described a "race to the bottom" in safety practices, with cost prioritised over safety.

- An "outcomes-based approach" to the regulatory approach to be overseen by a new regulator.

He urged Brokenshire to press ahead with a ban without any consultation, but Brokenshire responded that it was right to consult to make sure the eventual policy decisions were right.

- Industry to lead strengthening competence of those involved in building work and to establish an oversight body.

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