Almost a year on from Grenfell, we are still discovering the consequences of the Cameron government’s attitude to regulationJust before 6am on 16 May 1968, Ivy Hodge entered her kitchen to make a cup of tea. The match she lit over the gas stove caused an explosion, blowing out the concrete panels in her kitchen. It also caused an entire corner of Ronan Point, the high-rise in east London where she lived, to collapse. Hodge survived, but four people died and 17 were injured. The inquiry into the disaster found flaws in the construction of system-built housing. This led to changes in building regulations for tower blocks. The shocking visual impact of the scene – one corner of the block had collapsed like a house of cards – made clear what happens if buildings are not constructed to withstand disasters rather than just everyday stresses and strains.
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