Major fire at University of Nottingham

Around sixty firefighters tackled a major blaze which broke out at the University of Nottingham at the weekend.

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Nott'm University: Lab would have been 'world leading'

Investigations are underway to establish how a major fire completely destroyed a building at the University of Nottingham.

The fire ripped through the building on the University's jubilee campus on Friday night.

The £20 million chemistry lab, part funded by the pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline, was still under construction.

Dr Paul Greatrix Registrar, University of Nottingham, says the laboratory would have been 'world leading'.

The university also said it would be rebuilt.

Pictures show aftermath of university fire

Shocking pictures show the extent of damage caused by a blaze which ripped through the multi-million pound new chemistry building at the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus.

The charred remains of the building Credit: ITV News Central

The impressive building was hit by fire on Friday evening. An investigation was launched today to try to determine what caused the blaze.

It was still under construction, having been funded by a £12 million grant from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

The building had not yet opened Credit: ITV News Central
A recent photograph of the building Credit: University of Nottingham


University praise fire service response

In a statement the University of Nottingham have released a statement about the fire that they say "completely destroyed" their new GlazoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry which was under construction.

The University's Registrar praised staff and the fire service.

We are incredibly grateful to our staff and students for their fantastic response in dealing with this major incident and would like to express our gratitude to Notts Fire Service. It was the quick action of their fire crews which prevented this incident from being much more serious. We have also been extremely touched by the messages and best wishes from our close neighbours out in the community.

– Dr Paul Greatrix, University of Nottingham
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Pictures of Nottingham University fire released

Pictures of the battle to control a 'major fire' at Nottingham University have been published by the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service on their Facebook page.

Crews tackle the blaze from an extended ladder. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
A fireman hoses the flames. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
The remains of a building at Nottingham University in flames. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service


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Nottingham fire 'contained but not extinguished'

Firefighters battling a 'major' blaze at the University of Nottingham have managed to contain the fire but they are still working to put it out completely, according to an incident commander at the scene.

r Incident Commander, Group Manager Joanne Wooler-Ward. Credit: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

In a video posted on the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's Facebook page, Group Manager Joanne Wooler-Ward said: "We're on a firefighting operation, so to extinguish the fire and manage any other risks."

She added that they are not in a position to say what started the fire but police and specialist fire investigation officers would be examining the site as soon as possible.

She said: "There is a lot of damage to the building.... It was a fully developed fire and just credit to those that really did pull out all the stops to prevent this fire spreading to other areas."

Recent images of University building destroyed by fire

The building before it was destroyed by fire Credit: University of Nottingham

These images show what was described as a land mark chemistry building that was destroyed by a fire last night.

The university's website describes the lab as being carbon neutral, built with natural materials, powered by renewable energy and incorporating "state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories".

It is billed to be a "centre for excellence", with the building work backed by a £12 million grant from pharmaceutical giant GSK.

A carbon neutral chemistry centre at the University Credit: University of Nottingham
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