The replacement of Grenfell Tower cladding on Byron Residence accommodation at Nottingham Trent University began on Monday 4 December.
After the Grenfell Tower burnt down in London in June, killing 71 people, the University and accommodation partner UPP launched a review into the safety of its accommodation, the investigation found that three of its seven blocks were covered in Reynobond (PE) clad – the same cladding that the Grenfell Tower was made of.
The discovery led to the imminent re-accommodation of 30 remaining students into empty blocks and also resulted in the re-housing of hundreds of freshers that were due to move into the halls in September 2017.
The University initially planned to have the work on the accommodation finished in time for students to move into it for the beginning of the 2017/2018 academic year, as it was ‘a matter of urgency’, however the work was delayed until December 2017.
The removal and replacement of the cladding is now due to take place over a 30-week period, meaning the accommodation is scheduled to be finished in time for students moving into the halls for the 2018/2019 academic year.
Many students were left disappointed after finding out they could not stay in their desired accommodation.
Harvey Clitheroe, a 20-year-old student who was due to move into the halls was re-housed into private accommodation in Trinity Square, a five-minute walk from the university.
He said: “I was annoyed as I had booked my accommodation in advance and booked a 3/4 length bed, I had chosen Byron because of the great central location next to the students union and because it was close to all of my lectures.
“I was given no compensation from UPP, I just had to chose from the choices of available accommodation that they had left at the time, which was quite limited as it was much later in the year.”
“The safety of our staff and students is of paramount importance.”
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However he did add that the move was necessary, and that the transition into the new accommodation was seamless.
Harvey also said: “I think that the government should respond to calls for refurbishment and tighter regulations in impoverished areas. Instead of ignoring them until something goes wrong, or in the worst case, a disaster like this occurs.”
Nottingham Trent University released a statement which said: “The safety of our staff and students is of paramount importance to the University and its accommodation partner UPP.”