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Group linked to Grenfell foam supplier awarded building safety contract

Exclusive: consortium with links to Kingspan awarded £600,000 housing ministry grant

A government contract issued in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire to investigate the toxicity of burning building materials has been awarded to a research group with links to the plastic foam insulation industry.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has awarded the £600,000 research grant to a consortium whose members include a fire testing specialist whose research has been funded by Kingspan, the company that made some of the combustible foam used in Grenfell, and a fire engineer who has publicly opposed outright bans on combustible materials.

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