A Bricket Wood company which has been testing building safety in the wake of the Grenfell disaster has been praised in Parliament. 

Anne Main praised Building Research Establishment (BRE) for its involvement in testing building safety since the North Kensington tower block blaze killed at least 80 people in June.

The St Albans MP said: “I know what an excellent job [BRE] does on this and many other issues to do with building safety.”

In July, the government commissioned BRE to begin a series of large-scale fire safety tests on ACM cladding systems—both the visible cladding and the internal insulation. 

Mrs Main asked the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid what further advice he was giving to councils to ensure contractors were correctly fitting and retrofitting buildings with safe materials.

In his response, Mr Javid commended the work of BRE and said that he visited their facilities, and “was impressed by how [BRE] has approached these systems tests and how quickly it was able to conduct them”. 

“The advice we have received from the independent expert panel has been sent out to building groups and industry groups, and shared with all local authorities,” added Mr Javid.

After visiting BRE back in June, Mrs Main heaped praise on BRE saying the research firm was the “jewel in the Hertfordshire crown”.