Grenfell Tower London building facade cladding

Grenfell Tower Fire West London

Grenfell Inquiry expert witness appointment news – architect Paul Hyett, former RIBA president, replaces John Priestley who was sacked after two days, He is a Principal at US practice HKS Architects in their London office. The Grenfell Tower fire took place in June 2017.

Byron House Nottingham Trent University Reyonobond ACM cladding panels

UK Government Ban on Combustible Cladding

Banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings: RIBA director of professional services criticises UK government ban on combustible cladding as “inadequate”, saying it should have covered products capable of producing toxic smoke.

The Aven tower Los Angeles apartments

Los Angeles Building Photos

Los Angeles building photos – ranging from The Academy Egg designed by Renzo Piano to ‘The Aven’, a 39-story apartment complex in the South Park area of downtown LA, and Banc of California Soccer stadium in Exposition Park.

Grenfell Tower fire in West London building

Grenfell Tower & Fire Dynamics

Containing the triangle of combustion – with the Grenfell Tower fire public inquiry only just beginning, Wrightstyle’s managing director explains the dynamics of fire: a relationship between fuel, oxygen and heat.

Grenfell Tower fire in West London building

Grenfell Tower Hackitt Review

RIBA raise serious concerns over direction of Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, which started after Grenfell Tower fire. The final report is due in May.

Despina Katsikakis, Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield appoints Despina Katsikakis to a client-advisory role. She is an industry-leading expert on the impact of the workplace on business performance. She has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide for over 30 years.

Grenfell Tower London cladding exposed

Grenfell Tower Cladding

News of ‘systems tests’, assessing the fire safety of whole buildings, from Building Research Establishment (BRE). The first test was of a wall cladding system consisting of ACM with polyethylene filler and foam insulation. 82 buildings are known to have this combination of materials in their wall cladding systems.

Burj al Arab Dubai

Faithful+Gould – Construction Managers

Faithful+Gould was founded in 1947 as a four-man Quantity Surveying business. 70 years on and they are now an integrated project and programme management consultancy with over 2,400 staff worldwide and a UK & Europe operation covering 26 offices over 7 countries.

Wilshire Grand Tower @ 73rd floor

Los Angeles Construction Photos

LA construction photos – “controlled chaos comes to mind. Machinery and materials are everywhere. Cranes, 17-18 stories high delivering steel, wooden forms, compressors and equipment to hundreds of workers at specific points”.