Grenfell tower fire in June 2017

 

Work has begun to remove the cladding on a university accommodation block linked to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Nottingham Trent University’s Byron halls of residence was found to be clad in the same material as the London tower block where a massive fire erupted in June, killing at least 80 people.

Since the connection was made, 35 students were forced to leave the Shakespeare Street building to be re-housed earlier this year.

Byron student accommodation

Harvey Clitheroe, a 20 year-old first year student from Winchester, studying journalism at NTU, was one of the students forced to be re-housed.

He said: “I was annoyed as I had booked my accommodation in advance as I was given an unconditional which meant I picked my favourite, but got moved to Trinity Square instead.
“Byron is right next to where I go for lectures and next to the SU so I was gutted to have not been able to stay there.

“I had to choose from choices of accommodation they had left at the time, but it was much later in the year, a month before I started University, so there were limited options.”
Harvey said how even though he was originally annoyed, he thought that it was good that the issue was tackled and dealt with rather than being left.

A review that took place over summer says that tests confirmed that three blocks were PE clad and on that basis the decision was made to remove and replace the cladding on the three blocks as a matter of urgency.

Blocks have since been unoccupied whilst waiting for the work to replace the cladding to begin.

The remaining students who were affected by Byron blocks were immediately found alternate high accommodation.

Martha Longdon, president of Nottingham Trent’s Student Union said: “The Student Union is happy with the progress that is being made and we are happy with how quickly the issue has been resolved by putting safety first.
“I am confident that now work has started we can work together to minimize any more disruptions to students again.”

The work is expected to be completed for Autumn 2018.