Sam Webb (architect)

Last updated on 15 June 2017

Sam Webb is a British architect, now retired.

Career

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.[1]

Projects

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.[2]

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.[3]

In 2009 and 2010 Webb expressed concern about timber framed large-scale construction methods, following recent fires.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ "Fire expert: Grenfell Tower tragedy 'entirely predictable'". Architects' Journal. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Ronan Point". Open Learn/Open University. http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/heritage/ronan-point. 26 November 2001. External link in |publisher= (help);
  3. ^ "'Disaster waiting to happen': fire expert slams UK tower blocks". The Guardian. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Timber framed buildings 'fire risk' despite safety test". BBC News. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Should large-scale timber construction be banned?". Building Design. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2017.

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