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    SCHOOL CLOSURES TRIGGERED BY MISSING TIES

    Operator and contractor statements on problem and progress

    It has been reported by the BBC that on Friday 8th April 2016 the City of Edinburgh Council ordered closure of 17 schools following fears over their construction.

    The closures were triggered by the discovery of missing wall header ties at Oxgangs Primary School where part of a wall collapsed in January 2016.

    Structural surveys have now revealed similar problems at two other schools.

    A formal statement has now been issued by the Edinburgh Schools Partnership as follows:

    “While carrying out remedial works on Friday afternoon (8 April 2016), a new issue came to light at two PPP1 schools – Oxgangs and St Peter’s – relating to an absence of header ties in sections of the building.

    The standard of construction carried out by the building contractor is completely unacceptable and we are now undertaking full structural surveys on all PPP1 schools to determine whether this issue is more widespread. For the safety of all pupils and staff, the schools will be closed while this work is underway.

    Edinburgh Schools Partnership will accept full financial responsibility for investigating and resolving these issues to ensure that each and every PPP1 school undergoes all necessary remedial work.

    We would like to apologise to parents and pupils for all of the uncertainty and inconvenience caused, and give our sincere assurances that we will fix these issues.”

    Galliford Try contractual responsibility for four schools

    It has been reported by Construction Enquirer that Galliford Try issued a Stock Exchange statement on Tuesday morning stating that:

    “Galliford Try acquired Miller Construction in 2014. In March this year we were notified that Oxgangs Primary School, built by Miller Construction more than 10 years ago, lost part of one external wall which blew off in Storm Gertrude.

    Oxgangs was built as part of Edinburgh’s PPP schools programme between 2002 and 2005. The programme, which comprised 17 schools in two phases, was managed by an SPV, Edinburgh Schools Partnership.

    ESP subcontracted the construction of the schools to a number of contractors including Miller Construction. Through its acquisition of Miller Construction, Galliford Try has contractual responsibility for four of the seventeen schools.

    Remedial work required to remedy defects in those four schools is nearing completion and the costs are not material to the Group. Galliford Try takes its role as a responsible contractor very seriously and the safety of the pupils and staff is paramount.”

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