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The FitzWimarc School- RAAC Mitigation Works

  • Client: The FitzWimarc School
  • Location: Rayleigh, Essex
  • Sector: Education
  • Services: Building Surveying, Structural & Civil Engineering, Principal Designer


Barker were instructed by The FitzWimarc School to complete a survey to identify and report on the use of RAAC as a roof deck material. After highlighting the roof decks to the gym and assembly hall were constructed with RAAC, Barker were then instructed to design a solution to mitigate the risk of roof failure in these areas, and implement the project.

The Brief

Following completion of the initial RAAC survey, Barker advised The FitzWimarc School to take the gyms and assembly hall out of commission with immediate effect. The school required quick action and a solution to allow safe use of these areas. They approached Barker to provide a full design solution to mitigate the risk of roof deck failure, procurement and project delivery of the proposed solution. As a multi disciplinary practice Barker were well positioned to accept this appointment.

The Challenge

Due to the closure of some of the schools largest communal areas, it was imperative to deliver a solution as quickly as possible. All works also had to be completed during the school holidays.

The Outcome

Barker designed bespoke solutions to best suit each scenario. A fall arrest netting design was implemented for the gyms as a quick and cost effective solution to bring the gyms back into use and a structural timber solution was designed for the assembly hall. Due to the quick and efficient action taken by Barker, the gymnasiums were back in use ahead of schedule and ready for the new term to begin.

Client Testimonials

“Barker were systematic, thorough and very effective in supporting us with our RAAC issues. Communication and interventions with us and other agencies were speedy and clear, which meant that our gymnasiums were back in use ahead of schedule.”

The Fitzwimarc School

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