Fire safety post Grenfell

MQT on 2018-05-17
Session date: 
May 17, 2018
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In an open letter, a number of leading fire safety experts and building industry bodies have urged the Government to introduce immediate changes to standards without waiting for the Grenfell Fire inquiry to conclude, calling for an immediate change in the law requiring all high-rise and high-risk buildings to be fitted with sprinklers, that only non-combustible cladding and insulation be installed on tower blocks, and for all new buildings to be required to have alternative escape routes: do you support their calls?


Answer for Fire safety post Grenfell

Answer for Fire safety post Grenfell

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree that Government should be doing much more to ensure the safety of buildings. This includes implementing an immediate ban on the use of combustible materials on high-rise buildings and ensuring sprinklers are installed as part of a package of fire safety measures in tall and high-risk buildings. I will be providing a detailed response on these issues and the other findings from Dame Judith Hackitt’s review shortly. Fire safety measures will be costly to implement on existing buildings so it is important that the Government urgently make funding available to ensure that this work does not impact councils and housing associations and, in privately owned blocks, costs are not passed onto leaseholders.


I am doing everything in my powers to make buildings in London safe. My draft London Plan, published for consultation in December 2017, requires that all development proposals achieve the highest standards of fire safety, and are designed to incorporate appropriate features which reduce the risk to life in the event of a fire, minimise the risk of fire spread and provide suitable and convenient means of escape for all building users.