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Albion claim the Amex stadium is safe

From The Argus

The home of Brighton and Hove Albion does have cladding like that used on Grenfell Tower – but the club insists the stadium is safe.

That is the message from the football club after it emerged that plastic panels on the side of the American Express Community Stadium were made by the same company that provided the panels for the building in London where at least 80 people died.

Last month The Argus reported how checks were being made on materials used at the Amex following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

Those checks have been made and the club has decided the stadium is safe.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove Albion said: “While we cannot comment on the materials used on Grenfell Tower, we do have Reynobond ACM cladding to our east and west elevations at the stadium. At the time of construction the cladding fully-complied with building and fire regulations. It was inspected during the construction process and signed off by the local authority.

“Since the start of our investigations we have been in direct communication with Brighton and Hove City Council building control, our main building contractor, and our fire management consultants, and have found no concern in the design of or implementation of products used. We have also reviewed our current fire risk assessment and have no reason to amend this document at this time. These reports are also in line with the recent issue of the Sports Ground Safety Authority safety checks document dated June 29, 2017.

“All of our materials comply with current building regulations (Building Regulations Approved Document B) which was the relevant standard at the time of construction and to date is still current.

“We would also emphasise that the stadium cannot be compared with a residential tower block; we have sophisticated fire detection and fire suppression systems, CCTV monitoring, 24-hour security staff who are regularly trained in evacuation procedures, and multiple escape routes in the event of an emergency.”

One of the differences at the Amex is that the cladding system uses a non-combustible brickwork backing wall.

Reynobond PE has now been withdrawn from sale for use in buildings over 18 metres in height.

An independent company, BRE, is now conducting tests for the government to see how different combinations of insulation and cladding perform in the event of a serious fire.

There is an ongoing inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower, which took place on June 14 and is believed to have started in a fridge-freezer.

Planning application for £16 million hotel at Amex stadium

From Brighton & Hove News

Brighton and Hove Albion have submitted a planning application to build a £16 million 150-bed hotel and specialist cancer treatment centre next to the American Express Community Stadium.

The plans have gone into Brighton and Hove City Council and Lewes District Council because the site straddles both local authority areas.

The hotel would be known as the Brighton Aloft.

Albion said: “Both the hotel and cancer treatment centre are subject to a business case and board approval – by Albion and the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust respectively.

American Express Community Stadium“Upon completion, it is expected that the hotel complex would provide an additional £5.8 million in revenue each year to the local economy and 82 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs – filled by local people.

“The hotel, which would be operated in partnership with an experienced hotel operator, will help Albion develop a stronger residential conference offering to help serve and increase the non-matchday business at the stadium.

“It will also provide visitor accommodation for football supporters coming to matches and visitors to the two universities, serve those seeking access to the South Downs National Park and enable business travellers using the A27 to stay overnight without needing to drive into Brighton and Hove city centre.

“The hotel site straddles both Brighton and Hove City Council and Lewes District Council boundaries and will be considered by both local planning authorities in early 2016 and, if approved, will open to guests in the summer 2017.

“The development is being overseen by longstanding Albion director Martin Perry, who has been responsible for the successful delivery of the stadium and training ground developments.”

Mr Perry said: “This is another exciting development by Brighton and Hove Albion and will help us attract additional business to the stadium and local economy – and provide another community facility with invaluable health, social and economic benefits.

“We are now working on the tender documents for the project and the hotel is subject to board approval, once tenders have been received and the full costs of the development have been established.”

The investment in the project will add to the £152 million already invested by the club in the American Express Community Stadium and Elite Football Performance Centre.

“To date, the stadium alone has contributed on average £38 million per annum to the local economy while a recent report by financial experts KPMG projected that the two hugely successful Rugby World Cup matches held in Brighton last weekend would contribute £46 million to the local economy alone.

“In addition, it has already created over 1,000 FTE jobs (including 400 construction jobs) and it is estimated to have also indirectly created approximately 600 jobs in other businesses.”