Khan accuses Grenfell Tower companies of placing profits above safety

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he Mayor of London has called for an overhaul of the UK’s building control system, blaming decades of deregulation for allowing companies involved in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment to prioritise “profits” over “public safety”.

In closing statements to the second phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on Wednesday, Sadiq Khan said the “system is broken”.

The mayor urged the inquiry, led by chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick, to seize the opportunity to change the culture of the construction industry which led to “ultimately the death of 72 Londoners”.

Speaking on Mr Khan’s behalf, Anne Studd QC said: “The mayor, like many others, listening to the evidence over many months has been appalled by the corporate core participants’ ability and willingness to shun responsibility and place the responsibility on others for what should have been the central consideration in everything they did – safety.

“The evidence has depressingly demonstrated the safety of the tower, and the Londoners living in it, was not a priority during the procurements or the refurbishment process.

Grenville Tower is a truly terrible example of what is wrong with the regulatory system

“Safety considerations were non-existent and profit paramount,” she added.

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) was described as having “sold the interests and safety of the bereaved survivors and residents to the lowest bidder”.

Contractors were said to have “demonstrated a lack of knowledge, care, coordination and competence, which was at times astounding”.

The mayor also hit out at all those involved in the project for failing to fully admit their role in the 2017 disaster.

“Grenville Tower is a truly terrible example of what is wrong with the regulatory system,” Ms Studd said.

“Amongst other failures, the system allowed non-compliant flammable cladding to be used and signed off on very many other residential buildings up and down the country.

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