Portsmouth’s Blade Tower development will have sprinklers installed

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AN iconic Portsmouth building will have sprinklers installed, after a meeting between Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the building’s owners, Watkin Jones.

The developer called for the meeting after The News reported the fire service’s fears the £30m, 330ft building would be more dangerous without the safety feature.

They believe firefighters and residents would be at greater risk of death or injury should a fire break out in a building without sprinklers.

The fire service’s area safety manager Mick Crennell said: ‘The developer called for the meeting, and it was very positive. They told us they wanted to install the sprinklers and we were very happy to agree to that.’

The 33-storey building, which is being built at Victoria Park, central Portsmouth, will house 600 students.

It will be owned by Watkin Jones, but the University of Portsmouth will nominate the students to live there