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Students At Risk: Cladding Is Still A Problem On High-Rise Buildings

Fifteen months ago, Grenfell Tower in West London burnt to a shell, claiming the lives of 72 people. The reason for the fire - in normal circumstances - could have been contained to one flat. Unfortunately, due to the combustible cladding wrapped around the building, Grenfell Tower quickly burned through the night with nothing stopping the fire from spreading.

The devastation rocked the west of the city, with the tower still stood today with a green heart covering to remind people of the tragedy that happened there.
We have just entered a new university freshers’ week, and thousands of students occupying 62 student high-rise accommodation have to live in conditions that mirror those of Grenfell Tower. Fifty four of the privately owned buildings are wrapped in the same combustible aluminium composite material which helped to spread the Grenfell Tower fire. Unfortunately, at this point, only eight of the student accommodation towers have been completely fixed, which isn’t good enough when fifty four towers are still potentially dangerous. The National Union of Students has said the buildings should not be used until they have been repaired and called for a full list of the affected premises to be published. Officials have said that residents in affected buildings had been notified and so the public interest in occupiers being made aware had been addressed. So far, Barratt Homes, Legal and General, Taylor Wimpey and Mace have agreed they would pay to remove and replace cladding on affected buildings. Students should not have to go to university fearing for their lives.