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The Department for Education recently issued an alert drawing attention to Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in Schools. A guide was issued to provide schools advice on how to identify RAAC and what steps to take if it is present.
RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete that was commonly used in school and other buildings from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. RAAC is mainly found in roofs, although occasionally in floors and walls. RAAC is less strong than traditional concrete and there have been problems as a result, which could have significant consequences.
A number of school building owners have already taken steps to identify RAAC. For those that have not, and would like professional assistance, Barker’s team of Chartered Surveyors, Architects and Structural Engineers can help to carry out initial checks to determine whether further advice/action are necessary.