Fire at Holloway Road campus

All teaching at the Holloway Road campus will be resumed from 9am on Friday 13 October 2017 and all staff will be able to return to the campus.

5pm, Friday 13 October 2017

We are now able to provide a further update on the resumption of all business at the University’s Holloway Road campus.

The extent of access restrictions and buildings closure has been further reduced today after the University’s cleaning contractors, Apleona, and our teams in Estates and Campus Services worked overnight to deal with fire, smoke and water affected areas.  Teams will be on campus over the weekend to continue the clean-up operation.

Again we would like to thank our own Estates, Campus Services and Security staff and our contractors Apleona for their swift and professional response, enabling us to restore services and teaching to our students, and thank our Students Union for their support to our students.  We would also like to thank our campus catering team from Chartwells for stepping up yesterday to keep services open and for providing free refreshments for firefighters, staff, students and volunteers.

As at 16:00 today only the ground floor, first floor and second floor of one of our buildings remain closed. Three buildings have been reopened and we hope to open two more floors of the affected building early next week.

Access to the campus for all students and staff was been reinstated from 09:00 today and the campus has returned to normal building opening hours.

All teaching at the Holloway Road campus resumed today and will operate as scheduled from now onward.  Students are again asked to check their personal timetables on the University’s CMIS-Go system for an update on any changes to teaching rooms.

Following yesterday’s fire some areas of the campus will remain inaccessible to staff and students and these are indicated on an updated version of the map we provided on the University website. The latest map of Holloway Campus access restrictions is here.

We are pleased to confirm again that the University’s Open Day scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday October 14th will go ahead as advertised and if prospective students have not yet made a booking they are invited simply to come to our campus from 10:45 tomorrow morning.

 

4pm, Thursday 12 October 2017 

We are now able to provide a further update on the resumption of teaching and other activity at the University’s Holloway Road campus.

Access to the campus for some staff has been reinstated from 3pm today but this evening the Tower complex will close at 6pm. This does mean that events scheduled for this evening in The Rocket have to be cancelled.

Closing times for today are unaffected for the Library and Learning Resource Centre (midnight) and for the Science and Sport Centres (9pm).

All teaching at the Holloway Road campus will be resumed from 9am on Friday 13 October 2017 and all staff will be able to return to the campus.

Following this morning’s fire some areas of the campus will remain inaccessible to staff and students and these are indicated on a map we will keep updated on the University website. The current map of Holloway Campus access restrictions is here.

Students are asked to check their personal timetables on the University’s CMIS-Go system for an update on any changes to teaching rooms.

For staff and students returning to the Holloway campus we can confirm that the access restrictions to some areas of the campus have had no impact on fire escape routes. Nonetheless we would ask staff and students to remind themselves of the location of their nearest exit routes.

We are pleased to confirm that the University’s Open Day scheduled for Saturday 14 October will go ahead.

The University would like to thank staff and students for their patience and their support during this challenging day and we would like to thank the London Fire Brigade, Islington Borough Council and London Metropolitan Police for their swift and professional response.

Earlier updates

12:30pm, Thursday 12 October 2017

We are now able to update students on the suspension and likely resumption of teaching at the University’s Holloway Road campus. 

There will be no resumption of teaching at the Holloway Road campus today, other than teaching in the Library and Learning Resource Centre, the Science Centre and the Sports Centre.

At 4pm this afternoon we aim to advise students on the resumption of all teaching for tomorrow, Friday 13 October.

Students are asked to check the website and University email for an update on the resumption of teaching. In the meantime we can again confirm that all IT services remain unaffected by the fire, including Library systems, the Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard VLE), the student intranet and the Student Records System and eVision.

The fire, which started in a storage room in the early hours of this morning, is out. London Fire Brigade have now scaled down their operation at the campus, and are now working to clear water, debris, and help the University deal with water and smoke damage.

The most severe damage is limited to just two rooms on the ground floor of just one of the University’s buildings situated along the Benwell Road. Buildings facing onto Holloway Road and Hornsey Road are not affected.

We can again confirm that nobody was harmed or injured as a result of the fire.

At this point in time we are working with police and London Fire Brigade fire investigators and contracting specialist cleaning staff to make sure that other areas in the affected building and all surrounding buildings are clear of water and smoke residue so that we can act upon the advice of the London Fire Brigade Fire Safety Team and the University’s own health and safety team to determine which areas of the campus we can re-open for teaching.

The University is looking to open some of the Holloway Road buildings later this afternoon to allow some staff to return to campus in order to carry out work to move teaching rooms and reschedule teaching that has to be cancelled today.

The University is planning to relocate or postpone some on-campus weekend events but the University’s Open Day on Saturday 14 October is expected to go ahead.



10am, Thursday 12 October 2017

The University’s Holloway Road campus has been affected by a fire which started in a store room early this morning in part of the main Tower complex of the campus.

Fire damage is limited to one room but with other areas nearby affected by smoke and water.

The University’s other buildings in Islington – the Learning Centre and Science Centre in Hornsey Road – are not affected by the fire and remain open.

All IT services remain up and running.

London Fire Brigade attended and as at 10am the fire is out with LFB firefighters dealing with residual hotspots, water damage and smoke damage before starting a formal fire investigation.

Nobody has been harmed or injured and there has been no serious impact on our neighbours in Benwell Road.

The University issued web, email and social communications asking students not to attend campus this morning, and we expect to issue updated advice before lunchtime today.