The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry is examining the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. The inquiry was formally set up on 15 August 2017.
The inquiry is separated into two phases, and is chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick.
Phase 1 of the inquiry began on 21 May 2018 and concluded on 12 December. This phase looked at the factual narrative of the events on the night of the fire.
The inquiry published its phase 1 report on 30 October 2019, drawing a number of conclusions and making a series of recommendations for building owners.
In particular, it concluded that:
The recommendations relate to:
Following the publication of the phase one report, we produced a member briefing summarising the findings and the implications these are likely to have for our members.
In July 2020, the government opened the fire safety consultation, seeking views on proposals to implement the phase 1 recommendations.
Phase 2 of the inquiry is examining the cause of the fire, including how Grenfell Tower came to be in a condition that allowed the fire to spread in the way identified in phase one.
Phase 2 began on 27 January 2020. Hearings were temporarily suspended during the coronavirus crisis, until it was confirmed they would resume on 6 July 2020.
The phase 1 report confirmed that further investigation would be needed in phase 2 on:
We have met the inquiry team to introduce ourselves and offer information and support as appropriate.
We will continue to monitor the progress of the inquiry, to understand what the implications of its findings will be for our sector and how we can support our members to deliver on these.