Articles – Brutalist Architecture – Grenfell Tower Fire

Articles – Brutalist Architecture – Grenfell Tower Fire

“Tories did not build new social housing over fears it would ‘create Labour voters’ says Nick Clegg”, Charles White

‘It would have been in a Quad meeting, so either Cameron or Osborne,’ Nick Clegg told the Guardian.

‘One of them – I honestly can’t remember whom – looked genuinely nonplussed and said: “I don’t understand why you keep going on about the need for more social housing – it just creates Labour voters.”

‘They genuinely saw housing as a petri dish for voters. It was unbelievable.’

The comments were revealed ahead of the release of Mr Clegg’s 2016 book ‘Politics Between the Extremes’.

In: Metro.co.uk, 17 June 2017
Source: metro.co.uk/2017/06/17/tories-did-not-build-new-social-housing-over-fears-it-would-create-labour-voters-says-nick-clegg-6715800/#mv-b
Accessed 18 June 2017


“Tower blocks from the 60s and 70s could be pulled down after Grenfell Tower fire”, Richard Hartley-Parkinson

High-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, London mayor Sadiq Khan said.

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Mr Khan said the images of the 24-storey building being ravaged by fire ‘should be forever seared into our nation’s collective memory’.

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‘Nowadays, we would not dream of building towers to the standards of the 1970s, but their inhabitants still have to live with that legacy.

‘It may well be the defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes of the 1960s and 1970s are systematically torn down.’

In: Metro.co.uk, 18 June 2017
Source: metro.co.uk/2017/06/18/tower-blocks-from-the-60s-and-70s-could-be-pulled-down-after-grenfell-tower-fire-6716551/
Accessed 18 June 2017


“Boris Johnson said in 2009 that safety fears were making the UK safe for ‘extremely stupid people’”, Charles White

Jeremy Corbyn has now demanded that residents are fully involved in any public inquiry that takes place.

Following the tragedy, previous comments about ‘red tape’ and ‘health and safety’ made by Conservatives have been brought to light.

Tory figures congratulated themselves for slashing fire checks for businesses from six hours to just 45 minutes.

Mr Johnson said that he thought Labour were politicising the tragedy yesterday.

In: Metro.co.uk, 17 June 2017
Source: metro.co.uk/2017/06/17/boris-johnson-said-in-2009-that-safety-fears-were-making-the-uk-safe-for-extremely-stupid-people-6716076/
Accessed 18 June 2017


“30,000 buildings in UK are covered in the same cladding as Grenfell Tower”, Tom Towers

Former fire minister Mike Penning said: ‘We need to expedite this as far as possible. This cladding is used extensively in the UK and abroad. ‘

Architect and fire expert Sam Webb claimed the cladding was to blame for the fire and that people should be sent to prison if it is proven to be the case.

He told the MailOnline: ‘It clearly didn’t meet the London Borough building regulations and if that’s the case then someone needs to go to prison.

‘Before the tenants moved in there should have been a full fire safety check and if that’s not the case then it’s a criminal offence.’

Mr Webb argued that all buildings with cladding wrapped around them should be torn down and said: ‘In the past they would never have been built because they wouldn’t have met the regulations.’

Contractors who worked on the £8.6 million Grenfell Tower refurbishment could have spent just £5,000 more to get fire resistant cladding, it was revealed last night.

Hundreds of Reynobond aluminium coated panels – banned in the US over safety fears – were fitted to the outside of the London high-rise last year.

The building was covered in panels with a plastic core costing £22 per square metre – just £2 cheaper than the fire-resistant version.

30 people have been confirmed dead so far, and fire chiefs warn up to 100 could have perished.

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group Ronnie King said: ‘I’ve seen these cladded buildings in Qatar and Bahrain and the Middle East, but never usually on residential buildings.

‘The building should have been contained in the flat for an hour, so it’s absolutely freakish that it spread as quickly as it did.’

Mr King also believes a sprinkler system may have stopped the entire disaster.

New tower blocks over 30m high are required to have sprinkler systems but there are an estimated 4,000 older blocks in the UK without them.

Just one out of eight councils said it had put sprinklers into flats, 18 out of just 2,925.

Rydon insisted their work ‘met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards.’

In: Metro.co.uk, 16 June 2017
Source: metro.co.uk/2017/06/16/30000-buildings-in-uk-are-covered-in-the-same-cladding-as-grenfell-tower-6713539/#mv-b
Accessed 18 June 2017


“Theresa May announces £5million fund for Grenfell Tower fire victims”, Oliver McAteer

Protesters are concerned councilors will move homeless residents far from their communities.

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The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, said authorities have been ‘on the front foot’ to carry out reviews on their high-rise buildings since the tragedy unfolded on Wednesday.

Extra fire safety checks were immediately organised across local authorities, including Camden, Newham, Croydon and Redbridge, in the wake of the blaze in north Kensington that claimed at least 30 lives.

Officials said robust measures were already in place to ensure tall blocks were safe, but that they would be revisited to see if any action needed to be taken.

In: Metro.co.uk, 16 June 2017
Source: metro.co.uk/2017/06/16/30000-buildings-in-uk-are-covered-in-the-same-cladding-as-grenfell-tower-6713539/#mv-b
Featured Image: Tributes – metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/pri_43581463.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&strip=all
Accessed 18 June 2017


“Theresa May ‘welled up’ when she met Grenfell Tower residents”, Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Theresa May has ordered more boots on the ground at the Grenfell Tower fire site after labelling the support given to families in the aftermath of the deadly blaze ‘not good enough’.

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More than 250 firefighters tackled the blaze in north Kensington as London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said the scene looked like a ‘disaster movie’.

Speaking to the Observer, she said crews did not follow normal practice, adding: ‘Had we just followed standard fire brigade procedures, we would not have been able to commit firefighters in and conduct the rescues we did.’

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[Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police] said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people if there was evidence.

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Victims met the Prime Minister at Number 10 on Saturday evening and man representing the group said they had spoken about their ‘demands and what we expect’.

Mrs May said she had fixed a deadline of three weeks for everybody affected to be rehoused locally.

She added: ‘I have ordered that more staff be deployed across the area, wearing high visibility clothing, so they can easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support is provided.’

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Mr Cundy said: ‘I absolutely understand the frustration of why figures haven’t been released earlier. The reason for that – at one point, in terms of our casualty bureau, there were 400 people who were reported missing from Grenfell Tower.

‘Grenfell Tower itself is 120 flats. We have worked tirelessly over the last four days to truly understand those that we know were there on the night.’

Eve Allison, a Conservative who sits on Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, said it would have been ‘ideal’ if refurbishments to Grenfell Tower had looked at both the outside and the inside of the building.

She told BBC Breakfast: ‘The mood is sombre and the community continue to do what we can. The danger is when hope starts to fade, and from hope then what you’ll find is despair.

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‘All too often we’re a little bit too concerned with how the immediate streetscape looks, how a building fits into other buildings, does it detract from the immediate streetscape.

‘I was not involved with the actual planning of the recent refurbishment… from what I’m hearing, it would have been ideal if part of the refurbishment package had looked at actually trying to gentrify inside, not just outside.’

In: Metro.co.uk, 18 June 2017
Source: metro.co.uk/2017/06/18/theresa-may-welled-up-when-she-met-grenfell-tower-residents-6716498/
Accessed 18 June 2017

 

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