Thanks to this blog’s network of readers, the SKWAWKBOX has received information about the recent refurbishment to Grenfell Tower – shocking information that shows how ‘improvements’ to the building during its 2016 refurbishment may have contributed to the death and injury toll in the block of flats when it caught fire at around one this morning.
Twitter user Mark Ashley posted the floor-plan of the ill-fated tower today. That diagram showed what he alleges was termed an ‘improved high-density layout’ – with only a single, central stairwell that residents could use to escape the building in an emergency:
The enlarged image of the floorplan, which shows a cross-section of the layout of each floor, does indeed appear to show just a single staircase in the middle of the building:
Ashley also posted an excerpt from the building management company’s annual report in which it commends its own performance in various areas, including,
Attempts to visit the architects’ website now meet only a ‘forbidden’ notice:
However, an archive of the site shows that the company was, at least recently, proud of its refurbishment of the block:
Clearly, the effect of there being only a single staircase and of the refurbishment as a whole on the development of events this morning and on the toll in deaths, injuries, lost homes and possessions will only be known after the completion of a full investigation.
However, the details available thanks to an enterprising social media user and the efforts of SKWAWKBOX readers to bring the information to this blog’s attention, are more than enough to raise serious questions that must be answered – and which will cause grave concern to those living in similar blocks and the people who care about them.
Especially those living in ‘improved, high-density’ accommodation and in areas where Tory cuts have damaged the fire-services’ speed and scale of response.
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