RAAC crisis leads to revision of Aberdeen schools improvement programme

  • 27th February 2024

The delivery of Aberdeen City Council’s schools estate programme has been revised and reprioritised due to the impact of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) being present in three buildings.

Since late August 2023, the council’s schools estate team has been dealing with RAAC and this has led to work that they were scheduled to oversee being delayed, or in some cases unable to begin.

Councillor Martin Greig, convener of the Aberdeen City Council education and children’s services committee, said: “The various projects in the School Estate Plan continue to be evaluated during the course of each year.

“Some details in the timeline have been adjusted because of changing circumstances.

“The aim is to ensure that we have a realistic programme of upgrades and maintenance according to the resource that is available.

“Updating the plan is important to make sure we are addressing the learning and care needs of all young people across the city.”

Councillor Jessica Mennie, vice-convener of the committee, added: “The delivery of the revised School Estate Plan will allow the council to continue to meet its statutory obligations to ensure there is efficient education provision available to all our children and young people living in Aberdeen.”

The programme of works which have been revised are:

  • Bucksburn / Newhills additional primary provision
  • Northfield Associated Schools Group excess capacity
  • Victorian School Building Improvements
  • Loirston Loch Additional Primary Provision
  • St Peter’s RC School Refurbishment


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