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Trauma unit closed over fire safety concerns

August 14, 2017

John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford (U.K.) has closed its trauma unit for 12 months, after cladding on the building failed fire safety tests, according to an article on the Building website.

The report commissioned by the Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust found that the cladding on the Trauma Unit, which was constructed in 2002, was flammable and the lack of cavity barriers within the external wall construction could cause fire to spread between floors.

The remedial work is expected to take a year to carry out.

The offices of the John Radcliffe will also require new cladding to be installed on the roof, but OUH said the building was “relatively low risk and safe for workers to continue occupying the space while the work is carried out.”

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