The Phase 1 report sets out important findings and recommendations following the fire at Grenfell Tower.
31 October 2019
The Grenfell Public Inquiry published its Phase 1 report on 30 October. The report details the events that took place on the night of the fire, and has been welcomed by survivors for its wide-ranging findings.
The safety of residents is, and always will be, housing associations’ number one priority and we welcome this important report. It makes a number of recommendations that may have implications for housing associations in the long term and we’ll be publishing a briefing soon which will set these out.
The headline findings include:
- The cause of the fire and the cause of the spread of the fire, concluding that flames spread rapidly due to the presence of ACM panels with polyethylene cores.
- That there is evidence to suggest that the external wall system used at Grenfell Tower was not compliant with building regulations.
- Recommendations for building owners, including on specific safety checks of buildings, the provision of information to local fire services and residents, reviewing and maintaining fire safety mechanisms, evacuation procedures, and on checking the compliance of fire doors.
The report confirms that further investigation will be needed in Phase 2 of the inquiry on:
- The evidence relating to the circumstances in which people in the building died.
- The warnings given by the local community about potential fire hazards.
- The rigour and enforcement of the testing regime for construction materials and cladding systems.
- Whether fire doors in the building were compliant.
- Whether specific fire safety mechanisms in the building worked as intended.
Phase 2 will also consider the wider decisions which led to the installation of combustible cladding system on a high-rise residential building and the wider background against which they were taken.
More about our work on building safety
- We’re currently seeking members’ input on the Government’s consultation on sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats. We’ve prepared a briefing outlining what this could mean for the sector and we’re seeking feedback by 11 November.
- We’re hosting two events on 25 November for housing associations and local authorities to develop their understanding and experience of building safety. The building safety conversations will take place in London and members can book their place for free.
- We responded to the Building a Safer Future consultation on behalf of the sector, outlining what the Government’s proposals for a fundamental reform of the building regulatory system will mean for housing association, and key issues for the Government to consider.
If you’d like to know more about our work on building safety, contact Victoria Moffett, Head of Building and Fire Safety programmes.