Edinburgh Napier strips student halls cladding over fire fears
June 28 2017Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.
Removal of the ‘wood effect’ exterior cladding, Reynobond PE, is expected to take up to four weeks, in time for students arriving for the 2017-18 academic year.
A university spokesperson commented: “A physical inspection identified that around a quarter of the exterior walls on one of our buildings – Bainfield Halls of residence – featured the same cladding reportedly used at Grenfell.
“The insulation materials behind the Bainfield cladding panels are non-combustible, the panel hangings are all made of metal, the wall cavities are properly fire-stopped and the buildings are fitted with sprinklers.
“There are also a range of other fire safety measures in place, including each block having its own exit route, a modern fire alarm and smoke detection system that is tested weekly, and 24-hour on-site security.”
No residents will be evacuated during the course of the work following consultations with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.
Bainfield comprises seven separate blocks of flats housing 778 en-suite rooms designed by Allan Murray Architects.
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