Sam Webb (architect)
Sam Webb is a British architect, now retired.
Webb graduated from the Northern Polytechnic in 1962. He was a lecturer at Kent Institute of Art & Design from 1975 to 1996 and then established his own practice.
He has been a nationally elected member of both the Royal Institute of British Architects Council and the Architectural Association Council.
Webb sits on the All Party Parliamentary Fire & Rescue Group.
Webb undertook significant research into the construction of the Ronan Point tower block and other "Large Panel System" buildings following the collapse of the flats after a gas explosion in 1968. This eventually resulted in the demolition of Ronan Point and eight other panel system blocks blocks on the Freemason's Road Estate in Newham London in 1986.
Webb advised the legal team for the families in the Lakanal House fire of July 2009, when a fire raged through Lakanal House, a 14-storey block built in 1958 in Camberwell, south-east London. Six people were killed, among them two children and a baby, when a fire caused by a faulty television in a ninth-floor home gutted the building.
In 2009 and 2010 Webb expressed concern about timber framed large-scale construction methods, following recent fires.
- ^ "Fire expert: Grenfell Tower tragedy 'entirely predictable'". Architects' Journal. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- ^ "Ronan Point". Open Learn/Open University. 26 November 2001. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- ^ "'Disaster waiting to happen': fire expert slams UK tower blocks". The Guardian. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- ^ "Timber framed buildings 'fire risk' despite safety test". BBC News. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- ^ "Should large-scale timber construction be banned?". Building Design. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
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