Pri­mary school deemed to be ‘safe’

The Oban Times - - News -

FIVE newly-built schools in Ar­gyll and Bute, in­clud­ing Oban Pri­mary, have now been cer­ti­fied as ‘safe’ fol­low­ing a BBC in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a wall col­lapse at Ox­gangs Pri­mary in Ed­in­burgh last year.

Nine tonnes of bricks were blown from the city school wall dur­ing Storm Gertrude’s 70mph winds in Jan­uary, mirac­u­lously not caus­ing in­jury to pupils.

Ed­in­burgh City Coun­cil closed 17 schools in the cap­i­tal for a safety in­spec­tion, which iden­ti­fied prob­lems with wall and header ties hold­ing ex­te­rior and in­te­rior walls to­gether.

At least 72 schools across 15 Scot­tish lo­cal au­thor­ity ar­eas were found to have sim­i­lar de­fects, in­clud­ing five in Ar­gyll and Bute, which have now been re­paired, the coun­cil said.

A spokesper­son ex­plained: ‘Fol­low­ing vis­ual and in­tru­sive sur­veys of the coun­cil’s school es­tate of Oban Pri­mary cam­pus, Lochgilp­head joint cam­pus, Dunoon Gram­mar, Rothe­say joint cam­pus and Her­mitage Academy, re­me­dial works were car­ried out to cer­tain ar­eas in re­gard to wall and header ties and com­pleted in sum­mer 2016.

‘This work was car­ried out by the coun­cil’s pro­ject part­ner, ABC Schools Lim­ited, and all oc­cu­pied ar­eas were con­firmed safe for use by an in­de­pen­dent struc­tural en­gi­neer.’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.