Safety fears at another school

Faulty wall ties at St Ninian's High Giffnock
Faulty wall ties at St Ninian's High Giffnock

Concerns have been raised over the safety of schools in East Ren.

St Ninian’s High was found to have similar defects in the structure of the building to those found in Edinburgh’s Oxgangs Primary, where a wall collapsed this year.

Faulty wall ties at St Ninian's High Giffnock

Faulty wall ties at St Ninian's High Giffnock

The problem is linked to the wall ties, which are supposed to hold the internal and external faces of walls together and then safely attach them to the rest of the building. In the case of the Giffnock school, inspections found that some of the ties were ‘floating’ in free air while others could be not be affixed correctly due to the wall joints not having been properly aligned.

Professor Alan Dunlop, lecturer at Robert Gordon’s University and a master architect, said: “The way some of these things are done is very worrying indeed. I’m also concerned and shocked that this is something we do not know anything at all about.

“I would suggest that it not only contravenes what would be standard practice: in my view this is malpractice.”

A council spokesman told The Extra: “The St Ninian’s wall referred to in the BBC report relates to a historic issue that was identified more than four years ago in 2011 and has been rectified.

St Ninian's High Giffnock

St Ninian's High Giffnock

“The issue was identified following a structural report that was carried out during the transfer of the St Ninian’s campus from one PFI contractor to another.

“The work was carried out during the 2012 summer recess as part of our programme of essential maintenance repairs to our school estate.

The council also confirmed to us that parents of children at the school were not notified of the defects at the time, and added: “There are no ongoing safety concerns regarding the wall at the school.”

The council provided additional funding of £269,074 to repair the defects, which was supplemented by £370,607 of the PFI contract’s accumulated lifecycle maintenance fund.