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Defects found at 19 Edinburgh council properties after Oxgangs school collapse

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Inspections have discovered 19 properties owned by City of Edinburgh Council with similar issues to those at the school where a wall collapsed in 2016

A report released by public spending watchdog the Accounts Commission has revealed that the council had carried out assessments of 154 properties on its estate by the end of January.

Of these, 19 buildings, including schools, libraries, community centres and care homes, were discovered to have missing wall or header ties.

A council spokesperson said: ‘We welcome the Accounts Commission’s report, which addresses the lessons to be learned by all local authorities following the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary (pictured).

‘The safety of the public is of utmost importance to the City of Edinburgh Council and we fully acknowledge the need for regular, comprehensive structural assessments of public buildings and are in the process of delivering a series of actions identified by Professor John Cole in an independent report into the closure of Edinburgh schools in 2016.’

The current risk assessment exercise covers all council buildings and extensions built since 1995.

According to the Accounts Commission report, buildings identified with defects include those using traditional public funding as well as public private partnerships and non-profit distributing routes.

Graham Sharp, chair of the Accounts Commission, said: ‘The City of Edinburgh Council responded quickly and comprehensively to the wall collapse at Oxgangs Primary School.

‘However, all councils in Scotland must ensure public buildings in their care are regularly checked and appropriately maintained.

‘While reduced resources mean councils must make difficult decisions about service provision, they should have an appropriate level of expertise to deliver and safely maintain buildings. People must have confidence in the safety and integrity of public buildings.’

Problems with public buildings in Edinburgh first came to light after nine tonnes of masonry fell at Oxgangs Primary School during a storm in January 2016.

Wall ties were found to be missing at all 17 schools built under the council’s public-private Edinburgh Schools Partnership, and contractors had to carry out remediation work, requiring the relocation of around 8,400 pupils.

Buildings where repairs have been carried out

  • Carrickvale Community Centre – complete Dec 2017
  • Cramond Primary school – complete 17 August
  • Currie primary school – complete 17 October
  • Drumbrae leisure centre – complete 18 February
  • Flora Stevenson nursery - complete 17 July
  • Gorgie Mills school – complete 17 November
  • Granton library – complete 17 November
  • Muirhouse library - complete 17 December
  • Oaklands school – complete 18 January
  • Queensferry high school – complete 17 April
  • Royston care home – complete 18 February
  • Towerbank primary school – complete 17 August
  • Valley Park community centre – complete 17 July
  • Leased-out industrial unit- complete 18 April
  • Leased-out industrial unit – complete 18 March
  • Leased-out industrial unit – complete 18 March

Buildings where repairs are ongoing

  • Castlegreen care home
  • Gracemount leisure centre
  • Bankhead road depot
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