SCOSS Alert on Inquiry into Construction of Edinburgh Schools

Published: 24/02/2017

Collapsed wall at Oxgangs School (Credit: Structural Safety)

The Institution of Structural Engineers welcomes the rapid and timely publication of the Report from the Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools and the subsequent Alert issued by SCOSS.

The Institution of Structural Engineers welcomes the rapid and timely publication of the Report from the Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools and the subsequent Alert issued by SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety).

These follow the collapse of part of a school and the subsequent strengthening required to 17 Edinburgh schools. Defects included the poor quality of bricklaying, inadequate supervision of the bricklaying and deficiencies in quality assurance processes on site. The event was a near-miss because the area was empty at the time, but was used daily by primary school pupils so the consequences could have been catastrophic.

The findings pose important questions for the construction industry and recommendations are made for clients, architects, structural engineers and contractors. It is also recommended that failures should be reported centrally and that consideration should be given to reporting to CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety). 

The Institution's Chief Executive, Martin Powell, commented that the contents of the report recommendations 
raised some important learning points that would be discussed with members and opportunities would be sought to work with other Built Environment Professional Bodies to disseminate the important lessons to be learned in improving the safety of buildings.


SCOSS Alerts are published by Structural Safety.
 

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