Construction firms not building to spec and pocketing the money? Never!I’d suggest the cladding wasn’t the only fire issue with the fabric of the building.
Ive worked on quite a few flats that had a stay put policy as they were designed to be isolated cells.
Not one of them was, and even though fire retarding standards were far poorer in years gone by, many were just built so badly that each and every flat had very easy routes for fire to spread from flat to flat.
A comical example:
A sparky was complaining that three ceiling down lights should have been fire rated ones rather than normal ones…………while right next to the downlights was an internal two foot square void behind a ply wall panel that ran up through the building to carry services up through the block.
Offspring spends much time nowadays crawling in those spaces in newbuilds, and then getting builders to do it again, properly. The Fire Engineer is starting to be able to prevent this happening in future, but even events like Lakanal and Grenfell aren't going to fix fifty year old jerry-building compounded by modern incompetence.