RIBA Statement on Design for Fire Safety
Starting in the early hours of 14 June 2017 a devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, London, caused a significant number of fatalities. This document supplements statements made by the RIBA in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy and provides three new contributions:
- Commentary on the regulatory and procurement context
- Guidance for members on fire safety
- Recommendations for government
Commentary on the regulatory and procurement context
Understandably there has been a lot of media speculation about the causes of the Grenfell Tower fire and the reasons for the huge loss of life, and a desire to seek answers as quickly as possible. The relevant authorities, including the police, will inevitably require some time to complete their investigations and the public inquiry will provide an opportunity for the fullest possible examination. This should be a full public inquiry, with evidence taken under oath and the inquiry able to order witnesses to attend by summons.
However, for a number of years concerns have been raised by RIBA members and other experts about aspects of the regulatory and procurement regime for buildings in the UK.