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Derby Accommodation Closed Due To Fire Risk

Posted by Aisling Murphy in ,

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Following a fire survey, students living in Cathedral Court halls of residence in Derby have been told that they will not be able to return to the accommodation this academic year.

The residence advertises rents from £157.08 per week, and contains 350 premium en-suite student rooms.

Residents were first notified of the issue on 22nd December. An email was sent stating that, although there was not an increased risk of fire in the building, if a fire were to break out, "it would be harder to contain its spread without making changes to the building."

Residents were informed they had to move out of building, however most had already left the city for the Christmas break.

Last week, the University announced that the residence would continue to remain closed for at least the remainder of this academic year.

A university spokesperson has said that "Further assessments undertaken over the past two weeks have confirmed that the required maintenance works will be noisy and intrusive, and not conducive to an enjoyable environment in which to live, study and socialise."

The residence has been removed from the university's website. Students that were previously housed in Cathedral Court have been offered alternative accommodation for the remainder of the year.