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School inspections ongoing as 'additional surety' over RAAC concerns

DOI says building condition surveys have so far shown no issues 

Inspections will be carried out at some schools around the Isle of Man ‘as an additional surety’ to check they weren’t built with aerated concrete.

Building condition surveys have already been carried out, by an independent surveyor, on the majority of education sites within the last year.

The Department of Infrastructure says these would have highlighted the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

The DOI adds it’s also been in discussion with building control, local construction professionals and Construction Isle of Man about RAAC which has caused safety fears in the UK. 

As yet there has been no indication, or evidence, of the product being used.

Minister Tim Crookall added: "As an additional surety the department is currently carrying out an inspection of a sample number of sites which would fit the criteria in terms of age and design where RAAC may have been used in the UK.

"Should the department find any evidence of use of this product we would follow the guidance available along with the advice of structural engineers."

The information was revealed as part of a Tynwald question, for written answer, from Arbory, Castletown and Malew MHK Jason Moorhouse.

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