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Further reassurance on school safety

Published Thursday, 10 August 2017

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South Lanarkshire Council is further reassuring residents on the issue of cladding panels used in school construction.

We can now confirm that four schools in the area have been identified as having some areas of aluminium composite panels.

However, the council is reassuring parents and staff that the panels at Canberra Primary School and St Kenneth’s Primary School, both in East Kilbride, and Crawforddyke Primary School, in Carluke, are not the same product as that used at Grenfell Tower, London. This follows similar reassurances given regarding Glengowan Primary School, in Larkhall.

These schools were rebuilt as part of the council’s schools modernisation programme and have areas where the external cladding is aluminium composite panels. This is the generic description of a type of construction material that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Schools had asked councils to supply information on.

The cladding panels used on each of these schools exceeds building standards requirements, and the council continues to have confidence that its buildings meet stringent building and fire safety regulations. The council can further advise that all of these schools are fully covered by sprinkler systems and modern fire detection and alarm systems.

As further reassurance, officers from Housing and Technical Services Resources are seeking independent confirmation of the fire safety of these schools from fire engineering consultants. While it is not considered that these panels present any particular safety concerns, we will work with the consultants to provide absolute, independently-verified assurance that this is the case.

The council is also requesting that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service visits each of the schools to provide its own fire safety assessment. In the unlikely event that any further action needs to be taken to guarantee the safety of the schools it will of course be taken.

Schools are currently closed for the summer, and parents and school staff will be provided with the most up-to-date information and safety reassurances before the new term begins.