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Industry Experts Deliver Open Letter To Prime Minister Urging Action Over Grenfell

April 27, 2018



Building and Fire Safety Industry experts have delivered an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, urging her to immediately change the law following the Grenfell tragedy.


Dear Prime Minister,


We are united by our resolve that a tragedy like Grenfell Tower must never happen again. Ten months on, we are deeply concerned that so little has been done to prevent another fire.


High-rise and high-risk buildings such as schools, hospitals, care homes, sheltered housing and residential blocks must be our immediate priority. To protect public safety in these types of buildings, we ask the government to implement the following changes urgently:


  • That only non-combustible cladding and insulation be installed;


  • That they be fitted with automatic fire sprinklers; and,


  • That all new buildings of these types have alternative escape routes


The official inquiries and investigations will run their course, but we must not wait. We believe these common-sense measures will help protect people’s lives and the buildings in which they live, work, learn, and recover.  We urge you and your government to implement them immediately.


Yours sincerely,


George Clarke,



Alan Brinson,

Executive Director, European Fire Sprinkler Network


Jane Duncan,

Chair RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety and Past President of the RIBA (2015-2017)


Professor Richard Hull,

Professor of Chemistry and Fire Science, University of Central Lancashire


Ronnie King OBE,

Honorary Administrative Secretary and Principal Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group and former Chief Fire Officer


Sarah Kostense-Winterton,

Executive Director, Mineral Wool Manufacturers' Association


Keith MacGillivray MBE,

Chief Executive, British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association


Professor Anne Power,

LSE Housing and Communities, London School of Economics and Political Science


Professor Anna Stec,

Professor in Fire Chemistry and Toxicity, University of Central Lancashire


Sam Webb,


Expert Witness for the Families of the Bereaved at the Lakanal House Fire Inquest 2013



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