Grenfell Inquiry Phase Two Gets Underway

THE SECOND PHASE OF THE Grenfell Tower Inquiry has begun this week with cladding manufacturers, designers and contractors set to give evidence alongside the local authority, Mayor of London and the London Fire Brigade.

The phase is to begin with opening statements from those concerned with the building and the fire, before moving on to an overview of the primary refurbishment.

Studio E Architects gave evidence before lunch on Monday, with construction company Rydon and Harley Facades giving evidence in the afternoon.

Testing company Exova, cladding manufacturer Arconic and insulation manufacturer Celotex are timetabled to give opening statements on Tuesday morning, followed by CEP Architectural Facades Limited and Osborne Berry in the afternoon.

Other bodies timetabled to give opening statements include project management consultants Artelia Projects, the London Fire Brigade, then the tenant management organisation KCTMO, Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council and the Mayor of London.

Following the opening statements, the first module of the phase, expected to continue into April, will continue with an overview of the primary refurbishment and the cladding.

Testing, certification and product marketing of cladding products will be looked at in the second module in May and June.

Resignation

It follows the resignation of Benita Mehra from her role as a panel member on the Inquiry.

Mehra had been president of the Women’s Engineering Society between 2015 and 2018, when the organisation received funding from the Arconic Foundation.

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