Edinburgh schools shutdown continues amidst collapse fears
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April 11 2016
7,000 pupils at 10 primaries, five secondary’s, two additional support needs schools and a nursery have been affected by the emergency closures – all of which are only 10 years old.
An inspection of Oxgangs Primary, where a wall collapsed in January during high winds, uncovered ‘serious’ structural defects in its walls, with subsequent checks uncovering similar problems at three other schools.
In April last year a pupil died at Liberton High after a wall collapsed in the school’s sports hall.
Edinburgh City Council leader Andrew Burns said: "Clearly we have every right to expect these schools to have been built to a good standard and in accordance with industry practice. We now know this isn't the case."
A spokesperson for Edinburgh Schools Partnership, operator of the PPP schools, said they would assume ‘full financial responsibility for the defects’, adding: “The standard of construction carried out by the building contractor is completely unacceptable and we are now undertaking full structural surveys on all PPP1 schools to determine whether this issue is more widespread.”
Oxgangs was built by Miller Construction, since taken over by Galliford Try in 2014.
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