The Department of Education (DfE) has recently published new figures following concerns regarding the use of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in schools.

The DfE has reported that 234 education settings have confirmed the presence of RAAC. Of this figure, 110 schools and colleges will have access to grant funding to pay for the work required to remove RAAC.

A further 5 schools have agreed an alternative plan to address the issue, for example, the affected area / part of the building no longer being in use.

119 schools will need to undertake much more significant work and have one or more buildings rebuilt or refurbished. This is in cases where work to remove RAAC have been deemed more extensive and complex. These cases will be funded through the School Rebuilding Programme.

The confirmed presence of RAAC in schools across the country has placed pressure on the government to address building safety. The government has stated it ‘will spend whatever it takes to keep children safe’.

All schools with confirmed RAAC have been supported by the DfE to put in place a bespoke plan in place based on their circumstances. This could include using other on-site buildings, local spaces, building works in the affected area and, in some cases, installing temporary buildings.

The DfE published guidance last year aimed at addressing concerns regarding the use of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in schools.

The guidance offers comprehensive information and recommendations for schools and local authorities. It outlines the potential risks and challenges associated with RAAC construction, providing guidance on how to identify and mitigate these risks.

Key Recommendations in the guidance include regular inspections by a Chartered Surveyor or xx to enable timely interventions and repairs, reducing the risk of accidents.

The issues presented by RAAC in schools highlight a general need for schools to take a proactive approach to the maintenance and repair of their buildings. This includes addressing any defects, cracks, or leaks promptly to prevent further damage and potential safety concerns.

To discuss any aspect of school building inspection, maintenance or repair works, please contact Lea Hough’s Education team. Our School Building Consultants work with schools throughout the North West to help them effectively manage and maintain their sites.

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