The external cladding recently fitted to the tragic Grenfell Tower was a well-known fire risk before the cladding was fitted.
The tower building had been over-clad with Aluminium Composite Material cassette rainscreen, which has been blamed for several tower fires around the world, including in Australia and the UAE.
The company responsible for fitting the cladding – Harley Curtain Wall Ltd – went into administration shortly after fitting the panels. However, directors of the company continue to trade under a slightly different name, Harley Facades Ltd.
It has also been revealed that Grenfell Tower residents had been complaining about fire risks for some time before the tragic fire – particularly criticising councillors and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation.
It seems the owners of the tower, Kensington and Chelsea council, have a lot of questions that will need to be answered.