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Byron House accommodation - UPP and NTU joint statement

The safety of our staff and students is of paramount importance to the University and its accommodation partner UPP.

As such, the University and UPP – which owns and manages the Byron House accommodation – initiated an immediate review into the type of materials used on this building.

This review showed that three of the building’s seven blocks were clad using Reynobond ACM. As a precautionary measure UPP and NTU re-accommodated a small number of remaining students in these blocks into alternative rooms while further tests were carried out to determine the exact version of this product. Tests have since shown that these three blocks are clad using Reynobond (PE).

In light of this, the decision has been made to remove and replace the cladding on these three blocks as a matter of urgency. This will begin as soon as possible and we will take every possible step to complete these essential works in time for the next academic year. In the event that this is not possible, we will be offering alternative similar accommodation to students who were due to move into one of these three blocks.

Byron House opened in 2013 and fire safety was a major element in the building’s design. This includes an extremely high-standard fire detection and alarm system, (known as L1) with alarms and sensors in every room, regular alarm testing and fire drills – so all residents know how and where to evacuate the building – and a 24-7 concierge system.

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Byron House accommodation - UPP and NTU joint statement

Published on 28 June 2017

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