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Seven Aberdeen schools found to contain potentially dangerous concrete

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

Aberdeen City Council says buildings "remain safe" as further inspections will be carried out


By Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco

The St Machar Academy building was first built in the late 1930s. Image Credit: Bill Harrison, CC BY-SA 2.0

Seven school buildings across the Granite City have been found to contain varying levels of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).


RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete which is less durable and more prone to collapse than other types.


The material is believed to have been used in thousands of government and public sector buildings between the 1950s and 1980s.


Three buildings on the Aberdeen University campus were closed this summer after RAAC was discovered. Work continues to reopen several of the buildings.


In recent days, the UK government has come under criticism for their handling of the situation.


Inspections have determined that four primary schools and three secondary schools in Aberdeen contain RAAC.


The schools are:


Abbotswell Primary

Cornhill Primary

Hazlehead Academy

Northfield Academy

Quarryhill Primary School

St Machar Academy

Westpark School


Two Aberdeenshire schools, Mackie Academy and Westhill Academy, are also belived to contain the material.


Speaking to The Gaudie, a Aberdeen City Council spokersperson stressed that the buildings were safe for entry.


They said: “We previously conducted a range of surveys and inspections of buildings to assess whether these buildings have RAAC present the material’s condition at each location. This enabled us to assess what further remedial works or inspections were required. This work has identified several properties which have RAAC within their construction, the level of which varies between different buildings."


“The buildings' inspections have shown they remain safe for building users and all are subject to an ongoing inspection regime which was recommended by our technical consultants.”


Inspections were last carried out on the 22nd of August.

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