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Fire fears spark Sterling Cables rethink

An architecture practice working on the redevelopment of the Sterling Cables site on Kings Road has said the current design could result in fire spreading between blocks.

Nissen Richards, who were newly appointed to the site, has made the claims in documents submitted to West Berkshire Council.

The London-based practice also say the glazing at the 167-apartment scheme, which was approved to be used, is unsuitable.

In a design and access statement, they say: "The proximity of Block C and D are very close and could result in fire spreading between the blocks if one was alight."

They then go to say. "There are aspects of the consented scheme that use glazing in an unsuitable manner. The external wall of each fire stair is clad in curtain wall glazing. This glazing type is typically used in commercial developments and is easily susceptible to over heating."

As well as issues with the material used, the report also states: "The circulation areas of the residential levels of each block are an issue as there is not the correct provision to purge vent smoke in the event of a fire."

Nissen Richards say improvements have been made to the revised proposal to ensure that it can be developed into a feasible scheme.

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