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Edinburgh schools latest: Defects found across full PPP portfolio

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The building defects that led to the precautionary closure of 17 Edinburgh schools this week have been found at all the schools involved, the council has confirmed

The schools, which were built by the Edinburgh Schools Partnership in 2005 under a PPP contract, will remain closed while the consortium continues to carry out surveys.

Led by Amey and Miller Construction, the consortium won a 30-year £360m contract to build and maintain the schools in 2001.

Galliford Try, which bought Miller Construction in 2014, confirmed it was carrying out remedial work on the four schools for which it retained responsibility.

The schools were closed last Friday after faults were found at Oxgangs Primary School during work to repair a wall which collapsed during Storm Gertrude in January.

Confirming that defects had been found across the full portfolio, council leader Andrew Burns said: ’Yesterday evening (14 April) the council received early indications that suggest evidence of faults across all 17 affected schools to a varying extent.

’At the moment it is too early to say what the impact will be, as full survey results from Edinburgh Schools Partnership have not been yet been received. Some faults may be easy to fix and may not present a major problem, while others could be longer term.

‘What is certain is that we won’t take risks with the safety of our schools children and schools won’t reopen until Edinburgh Schools Partnership can assure us of their safety. As part of the contract, Edinburgh Schools Partnership own, maintain and assure the safety of the affected buildings.’

Comment from Edinburgh School Partnership

‘Although survey work is ongoing, early indications suggest that there are no issues relating to header ties within some of the schools. However, full reports have not yet been received so we are not in a position to confirm any other details at this stage.’

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