Cladding fire fears mean flats are off limits to Wolverhampton University students

By Jessica Labhart | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

University of Wolverhamton students have been told they cannot move into city centre flats weeks before the start of the new term because of fire risks.

Liberty Heights, where the two smaller blocks are affected

Cladding was found to be unsafe at blocks B and C of Liberty Heights, off the Wednesfield Road, last month with 70 students shipped out amid checks following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The type of aluminium composite material, which could be flammable, was found in the cladding on the buildings.

Around 20 per cent of the eight-storey and 10-storey blocks are clad with the unsafe material.

The tallest building at the site, the 25-storey high block, is unaffected.

Liberty Living, which owns the buildings, is advising students who have booked accommodation to get in touch with them so alternative homes can be found.

The university says it does have sufficient space to accommodate all affected students.

Vice-Chancellor of the university, professor Geoff Layer, said: “Liberty Living is a privately owned company which manages and owns the Liberty Heights Complex in Wolverhampton, and has no connection to the University of Wolverhampton.

“We are working with the owners of the Liberty Heights buildings affected to ensure that our students have safe alternative accommodation, and we are working to find alternative rooms for them in our own accommodation.”

A spokesman for Liberty Living said: “We are upgrading fire safety measures at Liberty Heights and will keep students fully updated.”

Jessica Labhart

By Jessica Labhart

Reporter for the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton.


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