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

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast BBC Radio

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

    202 Nick Hurd

    202 Nick Hurd

    "I can’t undo the past, but I wanted to be a part of making things better”

    While the Inquiry has paused hearing evidence, Kate Lamble spoke in depth to Nick Hurd, a former Minister for Policing and the Fire Service and now the government’s independent advisor on Grenfell. She asked about his experiences while in government immediately after the fire and discussed what the future holds for the tower itself and how to memorialise the site.

    Presenter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Sharon Hemans and Kristiina Cooper
    Researcher: Marcia Veiga
    Studio Mix: Gareth Jones
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 25 min
    201 Expert toxicology evidence, and closing statements on the aftermath

    201 Expert toxicology evidence, and closing statements on the aftermath

    Toxicologist Professor David Purser told the Inquiry that the rapid spread of smoke was the principal cause of death, and that burning cladding panels and insulation were the main source of this poisonous smoke. The Inquiry also heard closing statements for Module 4, covering the immediate aftermath of the fire. From next week it will turn into an inquest, so for this reason the podcast will not be covering those hearings. The podcast will return when the Inquiry produces its final report for the government.

    Presenter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Sharon Hemans and Kristiina Cooper
    Researcher: Marcia Veiga
    Sound Engineer: Gareth Jones
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 45 min
    200 Closing Statements on testing and regulation

    200 Closing Statements on testing and regulation

    This week the inquiry heard closing statements for Module 6, outlining how combustible materials came to be tested, certified and regulated and ended up being installed on the outside walls of Grenfell Tower. Lawyers representing the Bereaved, Survivors and Residents said the Inquiry had exposed fault-lines in the “edifice of government” and another said the “seeds of the Grenfell Tower fire were sown 20 years earlier”. There was criticism of manufacturers, regulators, building control bodies and of the government, with barristers accusing a “cabal of ministers” of being “enslaved to the deregulatory agenda”.

    Presenter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Sharon Hemans and Kristiina Cooper
    Researcher: Marcia Veiga
    Sound Engineer: Gareth Jones
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 46 min
    199 Expert Witnesses: Week 2

    199 Expert Witnesses: Week 2

    This week, as we passed the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, two expert witnesses levelled a series of fierce criticisms at the building safety regime. José Torero, head of the civil engineering department at a London university, described the competence levels among fire safety professionals as “extremely poor” and called for the Stay Put strategy to be abandoned. And Luke Bisby, professor of fire and structures at Edinburgh University, told the Inquiry, that he was “incredulous” at the misuse of fire tests by a cladding firm, and said there was a “significant problem” with the level of competence of fire safety professionals.
    Presenter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Sharon Hemans and Kristiina Cooper
    Researcher: Marcia Veiga
    Sound Engineer: Gareth Jones
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 32 min
    198 Expert Witnesses

    198 Expert Witnesses

    This week, the Inquiry moved on from examining the aftermath of the fire and began hearing evidence from a series of experts in fire engineering. Luke Bisby, professor of fire and structures at Edinburgh University, described the results of a test on the cladding panels and insulation installed on the tower as the “most shocking experiment” he had ever seen. Barbara Lane, a fire safety expert, told the Inquiry that the culture inside the Building Control sector was of “worrying standards”. And Ivan Stoianov, an expert in water distribution systems, said that the quantity of water available for firefighters at Grenfell was “more than adequate.”

    Presenter: Sharon Hemans
    Producers: Kristiina Cooper
    Researcher: Marcia Veiga
    Sound Engineer: Gareth Jones
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 32 min
    197 Aftermath of the fire: Central government and the Mayor of London

    197 Aftermath of the fire: Central government and the Mayor of London

    This week, the Inquiry heard about the confusion, lack of grip and poor communication within Whitehall, as ministers and civil servants dealt with the aftermath of the fire. Nick Hurd was given the initial responsibility for leading the government’s response, despite being only two days into his ministerial position at the time of the Grenfell fire. He described the government’s actions as “wholly inadequate”. A senior civil servant described the local authority's response to residential complaints about housing as a “sign of defensiveness” and the Mayor of London’s chief of staff said that Grenfell residents were “failed by us as a society”.

    Presenter: Kate Lamble
    Producers: Sharon Hemans and Kristiina Cooper
    Researcher: Marcia Veiga
    Sound Engineer: Gareth Jones
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 35 min

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MrCoriolis ,

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Excellent production and fascinating to follow. May I just suggest that your on scene reporter hold the microphone further away to avoid the very audible intakes of breath between sentences. Thanks for the great service.

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