On 14 June 2017, a fire took hold in Grenfell Tower, a high-rise residential building within London. This sadly resulted in 72 people losing their lives.
On 30 October 2019, The Grenfell Tower Inquiry, chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, published its Phase 1 report. This highlighted a number of serious issues and provided 46 recommendations for fire and rescue services and other stakeholder groups including building owners and Government.
Royal Berkshire Fire Authority has provided significant support to ensure the Service is able to respond appropriately to the recommendations. Ultimately, we can no longer fully rely on the buildings we attend to behave in the way they were designed to and how we might have expected them to in the past. We must ensure that we have the correct arrangements in place to keep residents and staff safe, not just in incidents in high rise residential buildings, but all incidents across the complex built environment. Furthermore, where we can support others in acting on the recommendations and making improvements for the benefit of resident safety, we will.
Our second Built Environment progress report is now available. This provides further updates on the Service’s progress against the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations and protection activity within our High Rise Residential Building (HRRB) Project. Our intention is to continue to provide further formal progress reports until completion of the programme.
Further information can be found on the High Rise Guidance section of our website.