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    Health and Safety News

    Schools closed over structural concerns

    By Jonathan Brown on April 9, 2016

    Schools closed over structural concerns

    Three more schools in Edinburgh have been temporarily closed because of health and safety concerns over their structural safety.

    St Peter’s RC Primary, Firrhill High and Braidburn Special School were built by the same contractor as Oxgangs Primary, which was closed on Wednesday.

    Part of a wall at Oxgangs collapsed during Storm Gertrude in January, with hundreds of bricks blown off.

    Widespread problem

    All four schools were built through the same public private partnership project a decade ago.

    Following the incident at Oxgangs, Edinburgh Schools Partnership carried out an investigation and discovered a problem with the walls at the schools.

    Detailed surveys highlighted an issue with the width of the wall cavities and the wall ties, which requires work to put it right.

    Further surveys will be carried out at Firrhill and Braidburn over the weekend. The area affected at Firrhill is an extension and it will be fenced off so the school can open on March 21. It is hoped Braidburn can open on the same day.

    Both St Peter’s and Oxgangs are expected to reopen on April 11 after repairs. Edinburgh City Council is currently looking into alternative schooling arrangements for students at St Peter’s.

    Safety first

    While the survey results indicate the schools could continue to operate in normal weather conditions until the necessary works are carried out, Councillor Paul Godzik, Education Convener, said the authority is unwilling to take any risk.

    He declared the health and safety of pupils and staff is the top priority, hence the temporary closures.

    The council has apologised to parents for the inconvenience caused but hopes they understand why it has taken the decision.

    It said the closures are necessary to avoid school accidents, which could cause serious injury
    if another wall collapsed.

    Source: BBC

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    Date Published: April 9, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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