Reinforced Aerated Autoclaved Concrete (RAAC) has gained recent attention due to building failures and heightened public concern about potential risks in relation to schools. But, what does this mean for commercial property owners?

RAAC in Commercial Buildings

RAAC is relatively common in the public sector, notably in schools and hospitals. However, its use as a building material during the late 1950s to 1990s was not limited to the public sector and therefore, it can also be found in commercial buildings. The primary worry associated with RAAC planks lies in their potential for sudden failure. RAAC is weaker than traditional concrete. It therefore poses a potential risk to the structural integrity of buildings.Due to changes in building ownership and use over time, RAAC may be present in commercial structures without the building owners or tenants being aware. Whilst there is no current legal obligation for commercial property owners to assess their building for the presence of RAAC, this could be a sensible step to obtain peace of mind.

Identifying and Managing RAAC

Identifying RAAC in buildings relies on knowledge or records of independent inspections, as there is no public register. It is always recommended to contact a Chartered Surveyor with experience in RAAC for full inspection. Lea Hough have experience in conducting RAAC inspections and can assist landlords of single properties, or those that have a portfolio of properties that require inspection. Upon discovering RAAC, a comprehensive risk assessment is important, taking into account the building’s use, affected areas, and structural condition.

Concerned about RAAC?

If you have specific concerns about RAAC in your commercial property, or would simply like the peace of mind that an inspection can bring, our team of experienced Chartered Surveyors can help. We are able to carry out initial inspections and advise on any further investigations or improvement works that may be required. For help or advice regarding RAAC or to instruct our surveying team to carry out an RAAC Report, please contact us here.

Preston Office
Telephone: 01772 458866
Blackburn Office
Telephone: 01254 260196
Clitheroe Office
Telephone: 01200 320040
Lancaster Office
Telephone: 01524 899850
Manchester Office
Telephone: 0161 265 0070
Lea Hough is a trading name of Lea Hough & Co LLP, which is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales under partnership number OC306054.
Registered Office: Oakshaw House, 2 Capricorn Park, Blakewater Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5QR