A METALLIC roof of a college building could heat up a Jericho street in the summer, residents fear Concerns have been raised by those living in Worcester Place about materials to be used for the new roof of the old Ruskin College building.
Exeter College is currently demolishing the south and west sides of the building to make room for a new quad.
Construction firm Mace, which is managing the project, has invited residents to see materials for its plan and reassure them.
South Jericho Residents’ Assocation chairman Chris Johnson said: “We have some concerns about the roof, which comes a long way down the side of the building.
“It is a metallic design, which means there is potential for extra heat. We want to understand more about the materials to see if there could be reflectivity problems.”
Mr Johnson said he was concerned the roof could have a similar effect to London’s 20 Fenchurch Street – known as the “Walkie Talkie” – skyscaper, which last year melted parts of cars in streets below.
He added: “It does not fall back in on itself in the same way the Walkie Talkie does, but [the street] already gets very hot in the summer and we don’t want that to get worse.
“The college has so far put a lot of effort into getting this scheme right and it was a planning condition for them to review this.”
A meeting between residents and Mace is expected to happen this month, although a date had not yet been confirmed, Mr Johnson said.
In a statement to Oxford City Council in July 2013, Exeter College said there would be no “significant” reflection onto Worcester Place homes.
In a public consultation it also gave residents a chance to comment on three variations of surface for use on the roof, all made of stainless steel.
The “bronze and Champagne shingles”, of different levels of reflectivity, were sanded and “bead blasted” to different degrees and were slightly diffferent shades.
The college said in a statement to the council: “The principle concerns raised over the stainless steel cladding relate to colour and reflectivity levels of the shingles.
“The project team has taken further action to reduce the glow through manufacturing processes such as sanding and blasting.”
Feedback from the consultation revealed people favoured the ‘low reflective’ mock-up panel.
Mace spokeswoman Alexandra Hellyer, told the Oxford Mail the firm did not belive heat reflecting from the panels would be an issue.
She said: “The college’s design team does not consider there to be any risks of the nature described in respect of the proposed roof, particularly as the architects are carefully consulting with the manufacturers.
“Those discussions are still ongoing and the college will be consulting with residents as soon as the samples become available.”
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
3:24pm Saturday 20th September 2014
A WOMAN was followed into a Headington flat and raped this morning.
11:57am Saturday 20th September 2014
A TEENAGER was raped in central Oxford this morning by a man she met in a nightclub.
9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014
WITNEY MP David Cameron has congratulated the people of Burford for organising a mock “referendum” on the issue of Scottish independence – but has admitted he was more relieved to find out the result of the actual poll.
9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014
Jake Wright believes it will be key for Oxford United to avoid getting dragged into a physical contest if they are to build on a midweek win when Stevenage visit today.
9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014
A THREE-day festival set to take place on Oxford’s South Park next weekend has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales and rumours that one of its big name stars had pulled out.
Google wipes search results for 20 people's convictions after just one person's 'Right To Be Forgotten' request
8:40am Saturday 20th September 2014
THE convictions of 20 people have been wiped from Google search results because of a single complaint in the latest controversy caused by a controversial European privacy ruling.