Byron Residence update
Work to remove and replace the cladding on three blocks at Nottingham Trent University’s Byron Residence is scheduled to begin on December 4.
Nottingham Trent University and accommodation partner University Partnerships Programme (UPP) – which owns and manages the building – have worked with contractors to develop a plan which will see cladding carefully removed and replaced.
Work is expected to be completed in the summer, in readiness for the academic year 18/19.
During an immediate review over the summer, tests confirmed that three blocks of accommodation were clad using Reynobond (PE). On that basis the decision was made to remove and replace the cladding on these three blocks as a matter of urgency. These blocks are unoccupied.
The work, which will involve replacing this cladding with an aluminium alternative, will be delivered and scheduled to cause minimal disruption to students in other blocks.
Work will be carried out using mast climbing work platforms and ‘scissor lifts’.
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.
Steve Denton, Chief Operating Officer and Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, said: “We are pleased to be able to announce that work to replace cladding on the three blocks is due to get underway. We have said all along that the safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance, and working with our accommodation partner UPP, we acted swiftly to immediately review the materials used on all our buildings.
“The remaining few students who were in the affected Byron blocks in the summer, as well as those due to move into these blocks this academic year, were immediately sourced alternative high-quality accommodation.
“The feedback we have received from students regarding our approach to this issue has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Martha Longdon, President of Nottingham Trent Students’ Union, said: “The Students’ Union has been in close and regular communication with NTU regarding the cladding and are pleased at how quickly they responded to this issue by putting student safety first. We hope that now the works are starting they go smoothly and I am confident that we can work together to minimize any disruption to students, staff and the public.”
Sean O’Shea, Group Chief Executive Officer at UPP, said: “The decision to remove and replace the cladding on these three blocks of accommodation has been treated as a matter of urgency. The safety of staff and students at the University is of paramount importance to UPP.
“In conjunction with Nottingham Trent University and our other university partners, we continue to review fire safety procedures across our portfolio. Our approach to fire safety is underpinned by regular, professional Fire Risk Assessments, which are reviewed in light of any changes to fire safety legislation or specific incidents.”
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