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The University of Kent to Re-assess Its Buildings

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The University of Kent has confirmed it will undertake a review into its student accommodation in light of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Universities across the country are re-assessing their buildings, with both new and existing buildings being tested.

In a statement, the University of Kent said: "We can confirm that all buildings, including student accommodation, which are already the subject of rigorous fire risk assessments, are being re-assessed in the light of the recent tragedy in London. Indications so far are that there are no inappropriate materials in use associated with the insulation or cladding of those buildings. These reassessments are precautionary measures only, and we do not believe there is any cause for concern."

The university has recently revamped its campus buildings, with sites such as Ingram being fitted with cladding to improve its image and enhance thermal performance.

The exterior refurbishment of Ingram was completed by contractors D&B Facades UK Limited, who suggested their system was proven to perform in all respects, including severe fire.

The University of Kent went on to reassure students by saying: "None of the buildings on University of Kent are high rise and all include alarm system that are automatically activated via head and/or smoke detectors. Regular testing is carried out along with evacuation drills which are monitored by our Safety, Health and Environment department. Trained security staff respond immediately to all fire alarm activations."