Varsity cladding not risk

Barry MacKay.
Barry MacKay.
None of University of Otago’s buildings contain the cladding being blamed as a cause for last week’s deadly London fire.

The university said last week that as a "prudent owner" it would be studying what happened in London and examining its building stock.

It said three of its buildings contained significant amounts of aluminium composite cladding.

Property services division director Barry MacKay said it had since found none of its buildings contained aluminium composite panels of the brand and type involved in the Grenfell Tower fire. Its buildings that did contain aluminium cladding did not have  the same risks or issues as those identified in Grenfell Tower, Mr MacKay said.

He said New Zealand fire regulations had strict requirements about external cladding.

Dunedin City Council building services manager Neil McLeod said the city council was responding to a Government request for councils to compile lists of buildings which contained aluminium composite cladding.

However, it was too early in the process for him to comment on how widespread such buildings were in Dunedin.

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