Traffic delays warning over work on 'fireball' student block in Southampton

Daily Echo: Mayflower Halls is engulfed in a fireball last month Mayflower Halls is engulfed in a fireball last month

MOTORISTS have been warned to expect delays as work on a city centre student block reaches its final phase – a month after it was rocked by an explosion and fire.

Osborne, the firm behind the Mayflower Halls development in Southampton, has announced that work will focus on connecting water, gas and electricity suppies and paving around the Commercial Road site ready for its opening ahead of the new term.

It means that Commercial Road will be narrowed and turned into a one-way system while other traffic measures will be put in place.

A one-way traffic loop will be put in place, diverting inbound traffic around to Blechynden Terrace and West Park Road.

Traffic signals at the junction with Havelock Road will be changed to give inbound traffic priority, allowing north, south, and east travel into the city centre.

The work is due to start tomorrow and is likely to last about six weeks, the developers say.

It comes just a month after a huge explosion ripped through the top floor of the development on April 2.

Workers were forced to evacuate the top floor of the halls after it became engulfed in flames and thick smoke. The city centre came to a standstill as hundreds of people watched in shock as the drama unfolded.

Witnesses said that they heard a loud explosion, and the thick smoke could be seen billowing from the building for miles around.

Osborne, which is carrying out the work on behalf of the University of Southampton, confirmed that the fire was caused when a heat gun accidentally set fire to insulating material being installed on the roof.

A council spokesman said: “During busy periods there may be some delays and the council is working closely with the Mayflower Halls developer, Osborne, to minimise these.

“Motorists are asked to take special care and observe the traffic signs.

“This is an important development for Southampton as it means growth for the university, which will also significantly contribute to the city’s growth.

The Mayflower Halls development will also help to reduce the pressure on private housing within Southampton.”

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6:46am Mon 5 May 14

thesouth says...

How did that monstrosity get planning permission?
How did that monstrosity get planning permission? thesouth
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7:39am Mon 5 May 14

issacchunt says...

thesouth wrote:
How did that monstrosity get planning permission?
Students flats, SCC adopt the 'man from delmonte' method when it comes to planning permission for student flats.

southampton, famous for.................
..takeaways and taxi's.
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: How did that monstrosity get planning permission?[/p][/quote]Students flats, SCC adopt the 'man from delmonte' method when it comes to planning permission for student flats. southampton, famous for................. ..takeaways and taxi's. issacchunt
  • Score: 7

8:21am Mon 5 May 14

downfader says...

*COUGH* Motorists poll!
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*COUGH* Motorists poll! https://docs.google. com/forms/d/1SEmFAWO BfdnjeIVrg31uhSGvP6X LrWM8GUiaZAWfn84/vie wform *COUGH* ;-) downfader
  • Score: -3

3:19pm Mon 5 May 14

03alpe01 says...

thesouth wrote:
How did that monstrosity get planning permission?
because its flats and this is Southampton. Flats of any kind will always get planning permission along with shops and restaurants
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: How did that monstrosity get planning permission?[/p][/quote]because its flats and this is Southampton. Flats of any kind will always get planning permission along with shops and restaurants 03alpe01
  • Score: 3

5:44pm Mon 5 May 14

westhantsboy says...

Do not park in the Multi storey car park opposite this. We got stuck there for an a hour and a half after last saints game !
Do not park in the Multi storey car park opposite this. We got stuck there for an a hour and a half after last saints game ! westhantsboy
  • Score: 2

7:46pm Mon 5 May 14

downfader says...

03alpe01 wrote:
thesouth wrote:
How did that monstrosity get planning permission?
because its flats and this is Southampton. Flats of any kind will always get planning permission along with shops and restaurants
You're right.

We're a rammed, packed city. The only way to build is up when there is no space.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: How did that monstrosity get planning permission?[/p][/quote]because its flats and this is Southampton. Flats of any kind will always get planning permission along with shops and restaurants[/p][/quote]You're right. We're a rammed, packed city. The only way to build is up when there is no space. downfader
  • Score: 0

9:29am Tue 6 May 14

ToastyTea says...

I walked past commerical road and the train station, was utter mayhem and all roads blocked with traffic not moving, it's going to be a long 6 weeks if like that every morning.
I walked past commerical road and the train station, was utter mayhem and all roads blocked with traffic not moving, it's going to be a long 6 weeks if like that every morning. ToastyTea
  • Score: 1

10:14am Tue 6 May 14

southamptonadi says...

Reports of delays up to an hour from Shirley to the civic centre. If you can go another way as this will be a nightmare.

My missus will have to walk as I'm not going to the guildhall in that to pick her up after work.
Reports of delays up to an hour from Shirley to the civic centre. If you can go another way as this will be a nightmare. My missus will have to walk as I'm not going to the guildhall in that to pick her up after work. southamptonadi
  • Score: 0

11:47am Tue 6 May 14

camerajuan says...

Mental all the traffic coming up the hill this morning. Seems some people either didn't check before leaving or just love queuing!
Mental all the traffic coming up the hill this morning. Seems some people either didn't check before leaving or just love queuing! camerajuan
  • Score: 1

2:24pm Tue 6 May 14

From the sidelines says...

It's safe to cycle when the traffic is stationary.
It's safe to cycle when the traffic is stationary. From the sidelines
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