Henry Hepburn

‘More walls could collapse’, as building checks fall short

Structural safety branded ‘impossible to tell’, leaving one schools leader ‘scared’

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Many school buildings have not had adequate safety checks and undetected defects are inevitable, according to the architect behind a report into last year’s school-closures fiasco in Edinburgh.

The situation has left the general secretary of a headteachers’ organisation feeling “really quite scared”, as there is no practical way of finding out how many dangers exist in schools after they have been built.

Professor John Cole published his independent report earlier this year after the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary in January 2016, which found that deaths had only been avoided thanks to ...

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