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Galliford Try repairing four Scottish schools

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Galliford Try has said it is nearing completion of repairs on the four Edinburgh schools for which it has contractual responsibility.

Seventeen Edinburgh schools have been closed after structural engineers found problems with two of those built through a private finance initiative.

Parents at all schools in the city built through the PPP1 scheme were told to find alternative childcare arrangements for this week.

Safety concerns were raised after a wall collapsed in high winds at Oxgangs Primary School. City of Edinburgh Council said engineers working on remedial works at the school had found an absence of “header ties”, the sliding links that connect the inner block wall to the structural steel frame.

Through its acquisition of Miller Construction in 2014, Galliford Try is responsible for four schools in the city, including Oxgangs.

A statement from the construction company said: “Galliford Try acquired Miller Construction in 2014. In March this year we were notified that Oxgangs Primary School, built by Miller Construction more than 10 years ago, lost part of one external wall which blew off in Storm Gertrude.

“Oxgangs was built as part of Edinburgh’s PPP schools programme between 2002 and 2005. The programme, which comprised 17 schools in two phases, was managed by an SPV, Edinburgh Schools Partnership. ESP subcontracted the construction of the schools to a number of contractors including Miller Construction.

“Through its acquisition of Miller Construction, Galliford Try has contractual responsibility for four of the seventeen schools. Remedial work required to remedy defects in those four schools is nearing completion and the costs are not material to the group.

“Galliford Try takes its role as a responsible contractor very seriously and the safety of the pupils and staff is paramount.”

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