Too much of what we have built in the last 10 years is fit only to be torn down

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In a column that should make everyone angry, Andrew Mellor blows the whistle on some shocking failures

There has been much discussion in the industry in recent years about poor-quality construction and the impacts this has on architectural aesthetics, building performance and occupant wellbeing.

I have had direct exposure to construction quality issues since the Grenfell tragedy as we investigate the compliance and safety of residential buildings and I am afraid to say there are numerous examples of very poor construction quality out there.

Where defects are found in residential buildings they seem to apply to buildings that have been built or had major refurbishment work within the last decade. Some buildings are so poorly constructed that there will be no option but to demolish them in whole or in part and then reconstruct. Put simply, they are not fit for purpose.

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