Inside Housing has published The Paper Trail – a review of the failures in the system of building regulations in the build-up to the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The investigation is split into three parts.
First, an examination of the guidance which appeared to permit the dangerous cladding used on Grenfell.
Second, an in-depth look at how regulations were slowly weakened to permit untested combinations of flammable material to be installed on the outside of many of the country’s high rises.
And third, the story of how an obsession with deregulation meant the warning signs of a looming disaster were missed.
The full story is available to read here.
It follows a previous paper trail investigation, published in August, examining the build-up to the fire in Kensington and Chelsea.
Inside Housing is calling for immediate action to implement the learning from the Lakanal House fire, and a commitment to act – without delay – on learning from the Grenfell Tower tragedy as it becomes available.
We will submit evidence from our research to the Grenfell public inquiry.
The inquiry should look at why opportunities to implement learning that could have prevented the fire were missed, in order to ensure similar opportunities are acted on in the future.