Serving up safety in the kitchen

Crosslane is a student accommodation real estate company specialising in acquiring, developing and managing purpose-built student accommodation assets across the UK and Europe.

In September 2019, it completed Trinity View, a new-build development in central Coventry, which is managed by Prime Student Living, part of the Crosslane Group Earlier this year, following a review and subsequent future-proofing advice from their insurance company, Adam Bennett, a Crosslane Senior Project Manager, was tasked with installing some additional safety measures to ensure hobs within the kitchens couldn’t be left on inadvertently and fire doors couldn’t be wedged open. He says: “I was looking for high quality, practical solutions. In a previous role I had experience of Prefect Controls, who are better known for their heating controls, but I recalled they provided safety equipment too, I was very comfortable using their products. HobSafe was perfect for the kitchens - affordable, reliable, easy to install and robust enough to cope with vigorous use!” HobSafe is designed to prevent hobs from being left on if the person preparing food is distracted. It is installed between the power supply and the hob, usually next to the main cooker switch. When the button is pressed the power connection is made and the hob will operate in the usual way. The in-built timer can be set to 15, 20, 30 or 45 minutes and when the time elapses the hob is switched off, if more time is needed the cook simply presses the button again. The DorWatchers are a magnetic device fitted to both the door and the frame, typically on kitchen and fire doors in student accommodation. If the door remains open for more than a minute an alarm will sound, alerting people in the locale, and prompting them to close the door to prevent the drift of smoke from cooking to corridors where fire alarms could be activated.

Related Stories
CIF application deadline looming
The deadline for the latest round of Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) applications is approaching fast. Schools seeking funding for new capital grants for the period 2023-24 must register interest by 1 December and submit applications to the Department for Education (DfE) by 7 December.
Healthier learning environmentsusing building management systems
The pandemic has heightened interest in knowing more about the ‘health’ of school and college environments. Next generation building management technology can help supply the answer, explains Steve Rainbow, Key Account Manager, Trend Control Systems
AUDE explores Covid’s impact on higher education
AUDE (the Association of University Directors of Estates) has published a new report, Blended Working in the Higher Education Sector: A review of the post-pandemic university workplace, which looks at how working off-campus during the Covid-19 pandemic has changed attitudes, perceptions and habits in higher education across the world.
Going green appeals to students
As Paul Bean from Nurture Landscapes explains, an institution’s green credentials can make a big difference to the student experience.
OfS allocates £432m to boost HE facilities and equipment
The Office for Students (OfS) is awarding £432m in capital funding to support investment in new buildings, facilities and equipment for universities and colleges across England.  

Login / Sign up