Scottish School Scandal Shows Need for Professional Contractors
Poor workmanship and what has been described as malpractice has hit 30 Scottish schools over the last five years, according to a BBC investigation.
The schools were all built or refurbished as part of the same public private partnership scheme and suffered the same problems – with wall and header ties, used to hold exterior and interior walls together and attach them to the rest of the building.
17 schools had to close when a wall collapsed at Oxgangs Primary in Edinburgh, affecting some 7,600 pupils. Structural defects have since been found in 30 schools with a total repair bill of over £870,000.
A leading architect told the BBC: “In my view, this is malpractice.
“The way some of these things are done is very worrying indeed,” said Prof Alan Dunlop, Master Architect and lecturer with Robert Gordon University.
“I’m also concerned and shocked that this is something that happened in 2010 and we do not know anything at all about it.”
The scandal has underlined the need for education authorities to use professional, vetted contractors for new builds, refurbishments and any other work carried out on school premises.
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