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    Contractor evacuates building in under 5 minutes

    A large fire has broken out on the new Mayflower Hall development in the centre of Southampton. The project is adjacent to the Mayflower theatre and will comprise over 1,100 student bedrooms in three towers up to sixteen storeys.

    The University will be fully operating and managing the hall which was scheduled to be ready for occupation at the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic year.

    Firefighters were called to the site and a police cordon was set up at the scene. Several hundred workers have left the site and the Mayflower Theatre has been evacuated.

    Major incident declared

    Two tower cranes operating on the site also stopped working.

    Hampshire police described the incident “a major incident” and road closures will be put in place across the city. They have confirmed the fire is in a student block in Commercial Road.

    Contractor Osborne Group issued the following statement:

     “A fire broke out around midday on Thursday 3 April at the Mayflower development in Southampton which is being built for the University of Southampton by the Osborne Group. The fire was isolated to the roof of one building (Block B).

    Everyone was evacuated from the 18 storey building in less than 5 minutes and no one was hurt in the incident. The fire brigade were on site immediately, the fire has been extinguished and the site has been made safe. Osborne are working with the fire brigade to investigate the cause of the incident.”



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