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Electrical fault blamed for fire at Morgan Sindall's £20m GlaxoSmithKline lab

A report into the fire that destroyed an uncompleted GlaxoSmithKline building in Nottingham has said contractor Morgan Sindall had complied with health and safety regulations.

The Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service report found that an electrical fault was “the most probable cause” of the blaze that tore through the £20m timber-framed laboratory last September.

It has cleared Morgan Sindall and its subcontractors of responsibility for the incident, adding that the contractor “had complied fully with the Sitesafe notification process” for the site.

Morgan Sindall was 12 months into the 84-week scheme at the time of the fire. It will restart work on the site to the same design specifications, with completion slated for 2016.

A Morgan Sindall spokesperson said: “We acknowledge publication of the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service report into the fire at the GlaxoSmithKline building on Triumph Road, Radford, which highlights the most probable cause of the fire as being electrical.

“Morgan Sindall plc is proactively working as part of a multi-agency group, including the HSE, to identify any additional areas for industry learning which could be made.

“The rebuilding work, which has already commenced, is based on the same design principles as before and outwardly the building will be indistinguishable from the original design.

“Although the building design has always been fully compliant with industry guidelines, we will be adhering to the updated guidance relating to the erection of timber-framed structures which was issued by the Structural Timber Frame Association in November 2014.

“The original dedicated Morgan Sindall plc project team is delighted to be undertaking the rebuild with the same subcontractors, who are all committed to seeing the new building successfully delivered.”

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