Monday, 18 November 2019
Our community at the University of Nottingham offer our sympathies and support to all students affected by the fire at the Cube accommodation in Bolton.
The University works closely with Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service to ensure all our buildings on campus, particularly student accommodation, meet all relevant construction and safety standards.
All halls have current fire risk assessments in place, which are reviewed annually, and we are commencing the next round of routine fire risk assessments shortly. Following the Grenfell tragedy, we conducted a full review of our University-owned halls that confirmed that none have cladding or are considered high-rise buildings.
All student halls on campus are equipped with fire alarms, extinguishers and emergency lighting which are tested regularly. Full fire drills are conducted with students in the first fortnight of term to ensure they know the evacuation assembly points. Instructions on fire evacuation procedures and assembly points are displayed prominently in each room.
The University also has agreements in place with third-party providers of student accommodation that highlight the management companies’ obligations regarding compliance for all health and safety matters, including fire regulations. As part of this agreement, companies must adhere to all statutory building and compliance obligations and approval by local council officials.