Founded in the 1980s as the National Tower Blocks Network, we regrouped in 2017 as Tower Blocks UK - a hub for sharing information and resources with groups and individuals who live in, or are concerned about tower block housing safety issues in the UK.
Our aims are to:
Support tenants and residents to be heard by providing more opportunities to exert pressure on decision-makers to prevent continued inadequate action and ongoing risk.
Extend the services that we provide to include online information resources, pro-forma systems for implementing housing rights and open fire safety and structural data.
Share examples of good practice in tackling tower block safety problems, from tenants and residents and landlords.
There needs to be
A systematic review of all Large Panel System blocks
Serious improvements to the Building Regulations
The introduction of procedures to enable tenants and residents to implement the Building Regulations when they have concerns
The installation of sprinklers in all tall blocks
The removal of dangerous cladding
Money from government to make these changes possible.
What do you think? What else needs to be done? Tell us via our contact form
Who are we?
Sam Webb (co-founder)
Sam supported tenants for over 40 years. He was a nationally elected member of both the RIBA Council and the Architectural Association Council and served on the RIBA Professional Conduct Committee. He was Technical Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety & Rescue Group and a member of the President of the RIBA's Expert Advisory Group investigating the Grenfell Tower Fire. Sam also acted as an Expert Witness acting for the families in the Lakanal House Inquest.
Sam was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours 2021 for his services to architecture. Sam sadly passed away on 24th September 2022, but his life's work and legacy continues through the work of Tower Blocks UK.
Liz Lowe (co-founder)
For many years Liz Lowe worked within communities and as a senior professional in Local & Central Government.
As a social care team leader, she worked alongside the Newham Tower Blocks Tenants Campaign to highlight risks in local blocks and led the Borough programme to rebuild the Freemasons Estate locality and community.
Frances Clarke (co-founder)
Frances has been an active community worker and campaigner for 40 years. She worked with Community Links for many years including with residents of the Freemason’s estate in the London Borough of Newham in 1980s and 90s addressing many issues including safety concerns and increasing the profile of this issue at a national level and produced two national directories of tower blocks detailing a range of structural, social and safety issues in the 80s and 90s. She has also worked with the Dept. for Environment and housing charity Shelter.
Danielle Gregory (Project Manager)
Danielle is a rights & social justice advocate with a focus on the housing sector. In 2017 she founded the Ledbury Action Group; undertaking grassroots activism, lobbying & campaigning for protected rights to safe and secure housing within London. Her work focuses on researching, investigating and highlighting areas of housing concern and seeking to influence and shape policy and legislative change within local & central government to promote the rights of council and housing association tenants.