University students at newly-built luxury halls in Leeds were placed at risk of death over breaches of fire regulations.
Trinity Hall in Woodhouse was temporarily shut down after one student’s father refused to let her move in and contacted West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Three companies – APP Construction Ltd, Trinity Development Leeds Ltd and Niche Homes Ltd – were fined a total of £620,000 on Friday after pleading guilty to failure to comply with fire regulation orders.
A judge told the Leeds-based companies that their actions had the potential for catastrophe.
Prosecutor Cassie Williams said that the student’s dad reported his concerns on September 25, 2016.
Leeds Crown Court heard fire inspectors arrived to find the building still under construction despite 27 students already having moved onto the ground floor.