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CRUMBLING CONCRETE: St Albans City and District Council announces two buildings contain RAAC

 Published on: 16th September 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two St Albans council buildings have been revealed to contain the RAAC concrete, which will see one being demolished and the other closed.

A St Albans City and District Council spokesperson said: “RAAC roof planks were used in the construction many decades ago of two of our buildings, the William Bird and Abbey View pavilions.

“Both buildings have been managed according to Local Government Association guidelines, including regular inspections by an external consultant engineer. We have followed all the engineer’s recommendations and taken action when appropriate.

“Last year, we took the decision to close William Bird after deterioration was detected in some of the planks. It has been secured, fenced off and will be demolished.

Abbey View Pavilion was inspected in August and remained open as there did not appear to be any major cause for concern. However, as the guidelines have changed following the announcement that schools across the country also contain the cement, the building will be closed further investigation will take place.

The spokesperson said: “The health and safety of the public is, of course, our paramount concern and we will not endanger that in any way.

“The athletics track remains open and alternative provision will be put in place for the services provided by the pavilion which includes equipment storage. Signage will direct track users to the nearby Westminster Lodge toilets and changing rooms.

“We have been talking to the athletics clubs about these alternative arrangements that will allow them to continue with training and events.

“We have no record of RAAC being present at any of our other public buildings, but for reassurance, we are now conducting a full review to make absolutely sure that is the case.

“RAAC roof planks were used in the construction of the former Harpenden Sports Centre, but were removed during its conversion into the Eric Morecambe Centre.”

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