Construction urged to support reform after Grenfell report
Construction has been urged to support efforts to reform the industry after aspects of work undertaken on Grenfell Tower was found to have contributed to the 2017 fire that killed 72 people.
In response to the publication yesterday of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s phase one report, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) said it marked an “important step in the long and painstaking exercise that is necessary to lean the lessons and change so that such a disaster can never happen again and that we set a new standard for building safety across the UK.”
The CLC acknowledged that the phase one report by the Inquiry had found that some work undertaken on Grenfell Tower “actively contributed” to the spread of fire and that unsafe products were used that were not properly installed or checked.
In a statement, it said: “The CLC believes that as an industry, we must collectively play our part in eliminating this risk on both new and existing buildings. Collectively, we must support all actions that are being taken to reform the industry ahead of the completion of the 2nd phase of the enquiry.
“The CLC fully supports the work of the MHCLG and industry bodies in taking forward the agenda set by Dame Judith Hackitt, to improve standards of competence, improve the system of building regulation and to ensure the safety of construction products, and are ready to play our role in the necessary reform of the industry’s approach to fire and wider building safety.”