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RIBA responds to Bolton fire

Jane Duncan, Chair of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety, responds to the fire at student accommodation in Bolton on Friday 15 October 2019.

18 November 2019

Jane Duncan, Chair of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety:

“The fire at Bolton has demonstrated, once again, that the lessons from the Grenfell Tower tragedy have not been learnt.

It is vital that the next government steps up and takes this housing safety emergency seriously – with a comprehensive overhaul of the UK’s building safety regulations.

The RIBA will continue to lobby for strong baseline fire safety regulations on the use of combustible materials, means of warning and escape, and sprinkler systems. Urgent action is needed – people’s lives are at risk.”


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