Sandra White MSP attended this week’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee to question Brian McQuade, Managing Director of contractors Keir Scotland and David Page, Director of Page/Park Architects and their Head of Design Review David Paton.
Ms White raised the issue of the insulation in the roof cavity and the checks on safety and security of the project.
Commenting Ms White said:
“Having questioned both Mr McQuade and the Architects David Page and David Paton their responses have thrown up further questions. I pushed them on the materials used in the roof space, and whether or not this was in fact suitable for the build given the recent tragedy at Grenfell and the problems faced by my constituents at the Harbour site. The architects did say the manufacturer states the material is “not deemed a fire risk” but I would like to see the Committee seek further clarification on the suitability of these materials and whether or not this could have been a factor in the fire.
“I also took the opportunity to ask them about the security across the project and the checks on the system and their method of reporting. We still haven’t had sight of the minutes of their progress reports and many people living in the area have reported the fire alarm system did not go off on the night of the fire. We have to know what checks on the site were carried out on the night of the fire and whether or not there was 24 hour CCTV which could provide vital insight into the destruction of this iconic building.
“The Board will be giving evidence on 19 November to the Culture Committee it remains to be seen whether or not they can provide the answers. I will attend the Committee meeting and hope I will be given the opportunity to question the board on their role and their failings.”
You can view the full meeting of the Committee here: https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/culture-tourism-europe-and-external-affairs-committee-october-25-2018
Sandra White MSP took part in an interview on Good Morning Scotland on 26 October 2018 on the GSoA which you can listen to here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0000vf1