A student accommodation building in Nottingham has cladding similar to that found on the Grenfell Tower.
Lace Market Studios, which is located in Belward Street, was found to have the cladding during an inspection last year.
Work is now underway to remove it after the building was issued an improvement notice by Nottingham City Council and the fire service.
An inquiry into the Grenfell disaster found the cladding put around the tower block fuelled the fire which killed 72 people in June 2017.
Lace Market Studios is the only building in the county found to have similar cladding to that seen on the tower. It is currently housing 80 students who have returned to the city after the Christmas break.
A report into Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue’s work during the pandemic stated: “There is one building in Nottinghamshire with cladding similar to that at Grenfell Tower. The service continues to engage with the responsible person for fire safety at the building as part of a national remediation programme.”
A spokesperson for the fire service confirmed the building in question was the Lace Market Studios, and stated the service is working with the council and building owners on the issue.
Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: “Our main priority is the safety of all the residents in this building. Along with our partners at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, who work with us on the Joint Audit Inspection Team, we have both been working closely with the freeholder of the building.
“We issued a formal improvement notice after the proposed works came to a halt last year, when the freeholder informed us of legal issues. However, measures have always been in place to ensure residents safety and work to remove the cladding started in December.
“We are in regular contact with the freeholder and the managers onsite, and we are confident the work is progressing well.”
A total of 484 high-rise buildings were inspected in the city as part of the government’s response to the Grenfell tragedy.
Lace Market Studios is described as “luxury student accommodation located in the heart of Nottingham’s historic Lace Market”.
A spokesperson for Host, which run student accommodation across the country such as Lace Market studios, said: “Host and the building’s owners have worked closely with the Fire Authority and Health and Safety Executive to ensure comprehensive safety reviews and measures are in place and that Lace Market Studios continues to be a safe place to live.
“Remedial works began in 2020 and will be completed as soon as possible.
“The safety of our students, approximately 80 of whom have returned to Lace Market Studios after the Christmas break, remains our number one priority and we continue to keep them informed on the progress of the remedial works and are making every effort to minimise any disruption caused.”
Rooms are available from £178 per week ranging to £241 per week for students at both of Nottingham’s universities.
A joint statement from the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University reads: “The safety of our students is of paramount importance to both universities.
“While this is private accommodation and not university-owned or managed, as we have students living there we have been in dialogue with partners regarding this matter.
“We are aware that work to remove this cladding started in December and had previously been assured that additional measures had been taken to ensure the safety of residents.”