Fire-break scare forces £100m student scheme refit

Aaron Morby 6 years ago
Share

An award-winning £100m student scheme is facing a major refit after fire breaks were found to be missing or inadequately  fitted at a seven-block development in West London.

Paragon Student scheme near Brentford completed in 2007 now needs £8m worth of retrofit work
Paragon Student scheme near Brentford completed in 2007 now needs £8m worth of retrofit work

The Paragon student development near Brentford came under scrutiny after the Grenfell Tower disaster.

While the tower was initially given a clean bill of health for not having combustible aluminium cladding modules, checks have revealed inadequate cavity barriers behind the cladding.

Now Notting Hill Housing Trust, which owns the Paragon Living student business, plans an £8m programme to replace external cladding and to install proprietary fire breaks and cavity barriers.

When built in 2007, the scheme which includes blocks ranging from 4-17 storeys, was acclaimed as one of the tallest modular buildings in the world.

The housing association has picked London refurb specialist AD Group to carry out the works.

The housing association said that it did not launch an OJEU procurement contest because of the urgent need to replace external cladding and to install proprietary fire breaks and cavity barriers to student accommodation and mixed residential flats to minimise risk of fire and re-establish fire safety compliance.

The notice said: “Paragon student accommodation has been found to have incorrectly installed and missing fire breaks or cavity barriers behind the cladding system which means in the event of fire, flames could travel externally between floors.

“The tower individual blocks C, D, E, F are occupied by 839 students and blocks A, B incorporate 221 self-contained one and two bedroom flats, whilst steps have been taken to mitigate risk, there is an urgent need to re-establish fire safety compliance.”

In a further statement a housing association spokeswoman said: “In 2016, Notting Hill Housing became aware that the fixings on some cladding panels at our Paragon Student Lets site needed replacing so we carried out a full review of the external envelope of the building and scoped a programme of remedial works.

“Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, we reviewed all tall buildings in our stock – this review included the Paragon site.

“The safety of our residents and their visitors is paramount. The fire safety measures in place have been agreed with the London Fire Brigade and ensure that our residents are safe both now and while the works are being undertaken.

“We are not seeking any recourse from the builders or designers of Paragon.”

 

Latest news

HS2 viaduct blunder over wonky concrete segments

Align JV now drilling out concrete joint as part of week-long remedial work
15 hours ago

City of London hots up as 9m sq ft under construction

Investors return to City as "10 Cheesgraters" of floorspace under construction
8 hours ago

Four arrested in £140m property fraud probe

Serious Fraud Office investigating collapse of property developer Signature Group
16 hours ago

London £3bn housing framework out to tender

SMEs allocated slots on London Construction Programme housing framework refresh
22 hours ago

BAM wins first major RAAC school rebuild

Contractor seals £46m deal for St Leonards school in Durham
22 hours ago

Failed strip out specialist owes £1.5m to supply chain

More than 100 subcontractors and suppliers left with unpaid bills by Type Ten Limited
23 hours ago

Councils to turn screw on building owners over fire safety upgrades

Government tells councils to step up legal action against rogue building owners
23 hours ago

Green light for £300m Fenland energy from waste scheme

Wisbech incinerator will generate 50MW from half a million tonnes of waste
2 days ago

Multiplex starts on 50-storey Thames tower

Developer green lights construction of latest phase of £3bn Bankside Yards scheme
2 days ago

McLaren lodges fresh Reading Broad Street Mall plan

Town centre scheme will deliver 600 homes in four towers
2 days ago

Beard bags £24.5m Bristol office revamp

Construction to start in April
22 hours ago

SMEs star in £3.2bn social housing upkeep deal

Around 85% of Efficiency North's framework winners are local firms
2 days ago

Scottish NHS new building projects delayed for two years

Spending clampdown hits over a dozen planned projects
2 days ago

Balfour M25 workers hold strike ballot

Motorway maintenance crews unhappy with 3.4% pay rise offer
2 days ago

Rainsford Contracts acquires M&E specialist

Expanded contractor will have turnover of £45m
2 days ago

Statom expands with launch of Northern HQ

RC frames specialist now targeting jobs in Scotland and north of England
3 days ago

High Court dismisses Stonehenge tunnel challenge

Judge quashes legal challenge against Government consent for £1.7bn job
3 days ago

£1.5bn Teesside carbon capture scheme consented

Final investment decision expected this year for construction start
3 days ago

First viaduct steel section installed at HS2’s complex junction job

Victor Buyck Steel Construction install first 300t viaduct section
3 days ago

Sister scaffold firms file administration notices

BCM Scaffolding Services and Scaffteq West employ 100 people between them
3 days ago

McLaughlin & Harvey suffers £8.6m loss

Cost inflation and Scottish landfill tax legislation hit Antrim-based group
3 days ago

Regulator opens probe into National Highways delivery

ORR concerned about 'dip in performance' on capital projects
3 days ago

Sir Robert McAlpine chief Paul Hamer exits

Hamer replaced as CEO by former Lendlease Europe boss Neil Martin
6 days ago

Unite Students to build £250m Newcastle scheme

Work to start this summer on revamp of Castle Leazes site
3 days ago

Britcon poaches Tilbury Douglas business development chief

Don Stewart joins Britcon board as strategic director
3 days ago

Building control system on verge of collapse

Calls to delay new registration scheme
6 days ago

Go-ahead for UK’s largest mass timber structure neighbourhood

Visionary 685-home sustainable village will be built in Lewes, East Sussex
6 days ago

£90m Manchester zig-zag library approved

Work to start this summer on iconic city centre building
6 days ago

Mace clear to start £34m weather-watching HQ job

Planning granted for European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
6 days ago

Ford Dagenham site revamp to hit nearly 4,000 homes

Latest phases approved for £1bn Beam Park redevelopment
6 days ago

Contractor services