Grenfell Inquiry: What we learnt from Rydon’s second week under scrutiny

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Project manager believed firm had been quite thorough in checking work quality; refurbishment director says lack of challenge to design still haunts him

Rydon staff have been the sole focus of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry for the second successive week. Key witnesses were the main contractor’s refurbishment director Stephen Blake – who also stood in as the project’s contracts manager in its final months – and on-site “No 1” David Hughes, who was effectively project manager from October 2015.

Probing the background to 2017’s horrific fire at the high-rise block in west London, in which 72 lives were lost, inquiry barristers Kate Grange QC and Richard Millett QC paid particular attention to Rydon’s quality-control oversight of its contractors on the project. They also questioned witnesses on in-house expertise, their own product knowledge and contacts between the client team prior to its appointment.

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