Bam says school concrete collapse an ‘isolated issue’

Collapsing concrete at a four-year-old school building in Scotland was an “isolated issue”, according to the contractor that built it.

Earlier this month, concrete fell from the ceiling of a fitness suite at Jedburgh Grammar Campus, which was completed by Bam Construction for the Scottish Borders Council in 2020.

Now Bam Construct has told Construction News an “immediate inspection” found the issue did “not impact the structural integrity of the building”.

The area was closed off to pupils and staff while investigations took place over two days. Structural engineers at the school then confirmed that there were no further risks of concrete collapse.

A spokesperson for Bam said: “The isolated issue was the result of loose grout between precast planks and is not evident in other sections of the building and does not impact the structural integrity of the building.

“Any further loose grout was removed and no further action was necessary. The fitness suite was reopened the following day.”

A spokesperson the Scottish Borders Council said “a small amount” of concrete infill material fell from the ceiling of the fitness suite on the weekend of the 2 and 3 March, while the suite was “unoccupied”.

They added: “The area was closed and classes relocated on Monday and Tuesday (4 and 5 March) to enable engineers to carry out the necessary investigations.

“These have now been completed and reassurance provided that there are no structural concerns. As a result the fitness suite was reopened on Wednesday 6 March.”

The campus replaced two primary schools and a secondary grammar school in the village, and won funding from the Scottish Government’s £1.8bn Schools for the Future programme.

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