New documentary ‘Behind the Façade’ premieres at UK Construction Week 2021

A ground breaking new film which explores the UK construction industry’s response to the Grenfell Fire tragedy will be premiered at UK Construction Week in Birmingham on Tuesday 5th October.

Produced by Vivalda Group and award-winning filmmaker Hamlett Films, the 20-minute documentary is entitled ‘Behind the Façade’ and includes contributions from architects, specialist contractors, suppliers and those personally affected by the cladding crisis. The film seeks to encourage an honest debate within the construction industry about critical issues such as safety, responsibility and quality as the new Building Safety Bill progresses through the House of Commons.

Key industry figures taking part on the film include:

  • John Barnes                –           Managing director, Roofdec Limited
  • David Frise                   –           CEO, Building Engineering Services Association
  • Peter Johnson            –           Chairman, Vivalda Group plc
  • Tim O’Callaghan         –           Director, Nimtim Architects

Commenting on the film, chairman of Vivalda Group Peter Johnson, said: “As founder of Vivalda, I’ve been in the cladding sector for over 40 years and was absolutely shocked by the events of Grenfell and the revelations of the subsequent enquiries. I hope this film in some small way helps the industry to take stock and re-evaluate its attitude to safety, profit and responsibility. We need to encourage a genuine culture change within the industry and the new safety bill is a significant opportunity to make a real difference.

“I’d like to thank all of the people who have contributed to our film and hope that Behind the Façade acts in some way as a catalyst for positive change. This is a conversation the industry needs to have.”

The film is being shown at 16.00 on Tuesday 5th October at UK Construction Week at the NEC Birmingham. It will be followed by a panel debate, led by industry commentator and journalist Adrian Marsh.

To book your free ticket to the film premiere, please sign up to a FREE UK Construction Week ticket to gain access to the film: