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Every week the Grenfell Tower Inquiry sits, we analyse and explain the evidence heard.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast BBC

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Every week the Grenfell Tower Inquiry sits, we analyse and explain the evidence heard.

    180 National House Building Council and LABC

    180 National House Building Council and LABC

    This week the Inquiry questioned representatives from both the National House Building Council and Local Authority Building Control about the steps they took to restrict or approve the use of combustible materials in the years before the Grenfell Tower fire. Steve Evans, an NHBC manager, was warned at a conference 18 months before the Grenfell fire about the dangers of the combustible cladding which would eventually be installed on the tower. The former Technical Sales Director of the LABC, David Ewing, told the inquiry the company was gamed and played by insulation manufacturers.

    Presenter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Sharon Hemans and Nathan Gower
    Researcher: Ben Henderson
    Studio Mix: Gareth Jones
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 32 min
    179 Module 6 Opening Statements and LABC

    179 Module 6 Opening Statements and LABC

    This week the Inquiry turned its attention to how building regulations were set and combustible materials tested and certified. Lawyers for the bereaved, survivors, and residents accused the government of concealing crucial information from previous fires, and industry bodies of knowingly approving unsafe building materials. Barry Turner, the former Director of Technical Policy at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC), agreed that his organisation’s close relationship with insulation manufacturer, Kingspan, affected their response when questions were raised about the fire performance of Kingspan’s K15 insulation.

    Presenter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Sharon Hemans, Nathan Gower
    Researcher: Ben Henderson
    Studio Mix: Gareth Jones
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 41 min
    178 London Fire Brigade

    178 London Fire Brigade

    Andy Roe, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, made a series of frank admissions this week. He said the LFB was aware of every single problem that contributed to the Grenfell Tower fire in advance of the night. A former LFB Commissioner, Ron Dobson, also gave evidence. He answered questions on why some of the recommendations that the Brigade committed to after the 2009 Lakanal House fire weren’t addressed.

    Presenter: Kate Lamble

    Producers: Sharon Hemans, Nathan Gower

    Researcher: Ben Henderson

    Studio Mix: Gareth Jones

    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 30 min
    177 London Fire Brigade: Dany Cotton

    177 London Fire Brigade: Dany Cotton

    This week evidence was presented by former London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton, who previously told the Inquiry that the LFB could not have prepared for a fire like Grenfell Tower. This time, she conceded that in the years leading up to the fire, the LFB failed to take on board national guidance that warned how combustible cladding could lead to rapid fire spread, as it did at Grenfell. Evidence was also provided by another former LFB Commissioner, Ron Dobson. We heard how LFB Incident Commander training fell short of commitments they made in light of the 2009 Lakanal House fire. David Brown, former LFB Director of Operations, continued his evidence from last week covering the training of Control Room staff.

    Presenter: Kate Lamble

    Producers: Sharon Hemans, Nathan Gower

    Researcher: Ben Henderson

    Studio Mix: Gareth Jones

    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 28 min
    176 London Fire Brigade

    176 London Fire Brigade

    This week the Inquiry continued to look at how the London Fire Brigade (LFB) trained its Control Room staff to deal with emergency calls. Evidence was provided by Joanne Smith, the Senior Operations Manager in the Control Room on the night of the Grenfell fire, and Tom George, former Assistant Commissioner for Operational Response accountable for staff training. The Inquiry heard how the LFB’s training on emergency calls didn’t include guidance on asking callers if they had any mobility issues. And a senior manager admitted she was embarrassed by the lack of clarity in the training.
    Presenter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Sharon Hemans & Nathan Gower
    Researcher: Ben Henderson
    Studio Mix: Gareth Jones
    Editor: Nicola Addyman

    • 29 min
    175 London Fire Brigade

    175 London Fire Brigade

    This week the Inquiry looked at how the London Fire Brigade (LFB) trained its Control Room staff to deal with emergency calls. Evidence was given by Scott Hayward, former LFB Principal Operations Manager, and Joanne Smith, the Senior Operations Manager in the Control Room on the night of the Grenfell fire. The Inquiry heard how leading up to Grenfell there were a series of failures to improve the training of Control Room staff, despite commitments to learn the lessons of a fatal fire in a tower block in 2009. Presenter: Tom Symonds; Producers: Sharon Hemans, May Cameron and Nathan Gower; Researcher: Ben Henderson; Studio Mix: Gareth Jones; Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
562 Ratings

562 Ratings

Vertical 46 ,

Great Pod

Thanks Kate and team. Good over view and comment.

Osmium12 ,

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Must listen report on the Inquiry, reveals the never ending weaknesses and incompetence in public and private organisations. As ever the truth is more searing than any fiction

alexthebutcher ,

Excellent catalogue of systemic failure, corporate greed and denial

The evidence speaks for itself so a 5 Star podcast that might not attract the attention of awards. No doubt the justice system will systematically fail to bring those to account and I daresay the verdict will not come out until those responsible have died or retired and claims are timed out but this podcast will remain as a day by day catalogue of how the Grenfell disaster occurred. Probably longer after the tower is demolished so that no physical evidence remains. Public broadcasting at its best.

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