Saturday, March 14, 2020

Grenfell - it was all about the price

Tomas Rek, a former employee of architects Studio E, said budget concerns appeared to bring about the switch from the proposed zinc to the cheaper aluminium composite material (ACM) panel, which was flammable and fuelled the fire's spread. The inquiry has heard that combustible ACM panels were chosen in 2014 over the originally proposed zinc in a bid to save £454,000 on the Grenfell refit.

Mr Rek said in a witness statement he thought the focus was "more to do with the appearance and price of the various materials and not their fire performance or fire rating".

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