Safety first for students

Fire safety was at the heart of this development, with a pioneering use of mineral wool

Demand for student housing in Norwich led to The Quad development in a prominent city centre location. The regeneration has transformed an old Mecca bingo hall into the highest habitable building in Norwich with a height of 13 floors.

Not only were the logistics of this project a talking point, but the contractors Alumno Developments were especially keen to make sure that the building met strict fire safety standards. The project came at a time when there were many changes in the industry relating to fire safety and Alumno wanted to implement and future-proof a completely new design.

Due to the importance of fire safety, the contractor, HG Construction, pushed for A1 non-combustible products. RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB was chosen for its natural, non-combustible stone wool composition, which differentiates ROCKWOOL stone wool from its competitors.

This became HG Construction’s first project to use stone wool insulation with a masonry façade, and the company was delighted to be able to incorporate the added value of stone wool. It is extremely resilient to fire and withstands temperatures above 1000°C.

Safety was always key to The Quad, which consists of 244 student rooms. Students now have a building which is both aesthetically pleasing, and safe to live in.


Norwich, UK

Project location


Project Data

Year 2018
Building Type Student Accomodation
Application Mineral Wool Insulation