Will Grenfell tragedy revolutionise building management?

Grenfell Tower

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Property managers are under increasing pressure from landlords and developers to ensure higher standards of safety.

The tragedy prompted a change in culture at Transport for London, with both new-build and existing infrastructure subject to rigorous – and rigorously enforced – inspection. As one supplier puts it: “They have very professional people who are going around after the job’s finished. They stick to the specification religiously and anybody found substituting anything gets a damn good kicking.”

Fast-forward three decades and the question is: will the tragedy at Grenfell Tower last summer have a similarly revolutionary impact on the management of residential and commercial property?

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