University safety checks following Grenfell

The University of Wolverhampton has conducted safety checks of all of its sleeping accommodation in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

After the tragic fire in London, the University acted swiftly to carry out urgent checks of buildings.

The University owns and manages a range of student accommodation across its estate in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford.

These buildings all undergo regular fire risk assessments and have fully integrated fire warning systems, emergency lighting and fire compartmentation which are all supported by thorough fire risk assessment procedures which are tested at regular intervals.

All of the University’s halls of residence have been identified as being brick, block and concrete structures.

We are also working with our academies, partner organisations with which we rent space and private providers of student accommodation to seek safety assurances.

Earlier this week, private company Liberty Living, which owns and manages the Liberty Living Complex in Wolverhampton, moved around 70 students to alternative accommodation as a precautionary measure whilst it carried out further safety checks on one of its blocks.

University representatives were in attendance at the complex yesterday (Wednesday) to further discuss the situation with the company and members of our accommodation services team were on hand to offer any additional support to students affected.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “Following the tragic fire at Grenfell we, along with other public bodies, sought to establish as soon as possible whether any of our residential accommodation may be affected.

“None of the University Halls of Residence across our campuses has been identified as being a risk and we hope that provides reassurance.

“We are also working with partners and private providers to establish similar reassurances.

“The safety and security of our students, staff and visitors is always our primary priority.”

ENDS

For more information please contact James Allen in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322003.

Date Issued: Thursday 6 July 2017

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