Landlords and Newcastle Unis, make sure students are safe!
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- We call on the management company Derwent Students to confirm whether or not the Reynobond cladding used on St. James’ Point is the flammable PE type used on Grenfell Tower or a safer version.
- If it is the flammable type of cladding then we call on them to replace it immediately, and rehouse students elsewhere until this work is completed.
- We also call on Newcastle and Northumbria universities to audit their own residential buildings to make sure the flammable PE cladding has not been used, and to get confirmation from the city’s residential management companies that other buildings are not using this material.
The Grenfell fire has tragically killed dozens of people and made hundreds more homeless. Repeated requests and warnings from residents were ignored and safety protocols were either bypassed or deeply inadequate. The Reynobond PE cladding used on the outside of Grenfell Tower is widely suspected of having accelerated the spread of the fire and contributed greatly to the number of deaths (1).
This type of cladding is illegal in the Germany and the US for buildings over 40ft tall (2). It may already be illegal in the UK (3). It is widely regarded as being responsible for several fires internationally (4) and the safer version is only marginally more expensive to install (5).
St. James’ Point student block uses Reynobond cladding, though it is unclear which type of cladding has been used (6). This block is managed by Derwent Students (7). They have not stated which type of cladding has been used despite being repeatedly asked by ACORN and other organisations.
We therefore call on all those responsible for building safety in Newcastle to make sure that this material is not used on any properties where people’s lives could be at risk, and to remove any that is found as soon as possible.
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