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Urgent’ RAAC inspections of Oxford council-owned buildings

‘Urgent’ RAAC inspections of Oxford council-owned buildings

Some authority-owned buildings in Oxford may contain reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) and will be inspected ‘as a matter of urgency’, the city council has said.

The authority said some post-war council buildings, including housing blocks and leisure and community centres, may contain the material, which was used in building construction from the 1950s until the mid-1990s.

Safety fears over the weak form of concrete were raised recently after education secretary Gillian Keegan instructed more than 100 schools to close buildings days before the start of the academic year.

Oxford said it had identified the issue in some of its buildings ‘before the current crisis’.

The city council said it was now ‘bringing forward a series of planned inspections as a matter of urgency’. Inspections will be carried out over the next three months.

If RAAC is found, the authority said it would ‘undertake a condition survey and take appropriate action to manage any risks’.

Last week, the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) wrote to all registered social housing providers in England over RAAC, instructing them to inform the regulator if any issues that ‘suggest material non-compliance with any of the regulatory standards’ were identified.

Source: - Elle Ames


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