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Matthew Needham-Laing Quoted on Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster

Firm News | June 14, 2017

Matthew Needham-Laing, a Construction practice partner in Katten’s London office, was quoted by The Telegraph and other media outlets regarding one of the biggest fire tragedies in British history, the Grenfell Tower disaster. With attention focused on the possibility that the cladding, used to make the building more sustainable, could have accelerated the fire, Matthew—also an architect—provided his thoughts on the incident. “This is not a shock,” he said. “The problems with cladding have been known about and talked about for a number of years, and hopefully, this will at least make people listen.”

He also confirmed the Greater London Authority Data Management and Analysis Group’s estimate that there are as many as 30,000 buildings in the city containing 300,000 individual apartments and housing approximately 527,000 people that have been fitted with cladding, a more inexpensive way to make structures environmentally sustainable without rebuilding them. (“Grenfell Tower inferno a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ as concerns are raised for safety of other buildings,” June 14, 2017)