Previous Bryon resident, Sophie Barnes

Just weeks after the release of the final Grenfell Tower death toll, work has begun on Nottingham Trent University’s Byron residence, to replace the cladding that replicates that used on Grenfell Tower.

The Byron residence’s managing agent, UPP, work with many universities across the country and strive to provide improved facilities and comfort for students.

When the news was announced, students in the three out of seven blocks that had the cladding, were evacuated, crediting UPP for their efficiency.

Also a joint statement released by NTU and UPP earlier this year, stated that: “Byron House opened in 2013 and fire safety was a major element in the building’s design.”

Two of the Byron blocks that are having the cladding removed.

As the halls boasted about having en-suites, a communal fully equipped kitchen and a great area to hang out, Byron House is known to be one of the more popular halls of residence NTU has to offer.

“I never had a problem with UPP, whenever we had any problems in our flat… they were more than willing to help”
Sophie Barnes, 19, NTU student

Students living in Byron expect great service, with the rent being over £100 a week and the halls selling out in seconds when released in March.

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.”

Law student and previous Byron resident, Sophie Barnes, 19, said: “Personally, I never had a problem with UPP, whenever we had any problems in our flat, when a window broke or an appliance stopped working, they were more than willing to help. I always felt safe, and if I didn’t, I know I could have gone to them.”

Empty flats in one of the Byron House buildings

Another previous Byron resident, Millie Logan, 19, spoke of her struggle with UPP: “I always thought UPP were great until I wasn’t believed that the mould from a leaked shower was loosening my door, and then it came off. I did get compensation, but I would rather have had the problem solved earlier.”

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.”

Byron Residence’s work will continue until the cladding is removed on three out of seven blocks.