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More concern over building standards

Defects found in 71 Scottish school buildings

Oxgangs school
Oxgangs school: gable wall collapsed

Defects have been found in 71 schools across Scotland similar to those that forced the closure of 17 Private Finance Initiative schools in Edinburgh last year.

Fifteen local authorities have found the latest group of schools, also built via the PFI or its successor funding models such as the public private parnership (PPP), have developed structural faults.

Edinburgh City Council closed the affected schools in the city following the partial collapse of a gable wall at Oxgangs Primary in January last year.

The main issues concerned the poor use of wall ties and construction quality.

Repairs are complete at all but six of those on the new list, though it remains possible that other schools could be found with flaws.

Glasgow had 23 schools affected, including 22 built through PPP programmes and one under design-and-build.

There were five in Aberdeenshire, four in Angus, five in Argyll and Bute, two in Clackmannanshire, three in Dundee, four in East Lothian, two in Fife, three in Inverclyde, one in North Lanarkshire, 10 in South Lanarkshire, three in Stirling and three in West Lothian.

Ian Honeyman of the Scottish Building Federation said: “The fundamental point that has to be addressed is that people have to have confidence in the buildings that are being produced, and also be confident that people are safe when they are living or working in them.”


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