RAAC: Need an urgent solution?

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Events have escalated since the Health and Safety Executive recently announced that RAAC was now expired and liable to collapse.

Following the announcement of RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) being found in educational buildings, surveys are now being carried out every week to find schools containing it across the UK, according to the Department for Education (DfE).

We know that the situation with RAAC is challenging for parents, pupils and school staff. Safety of children is at the forefront of investigations, underlining the critical importance of taking proactive measures if the materials are found to not meet the desired health and safety requirements to ensure buildings are safe and secure. 

What exactly is RAAC? 

RAAC is a lightweight form of precast concrete, frequently used in public sector buildings in the UK from the mid-1960s to the 1990s. It is mainly found in roofs and occasionally floors and walls. Visually, RAAC planks may look the same as pre-cast concrete and may be hidden above false ceilings.

It is less durable than traditional concrete which could have significant safety consequences. Research has shown that this material has a far lower structural loading capacity than other generic reinforced concrete products. Its condition deteriorates further if water is present, due to leaks from roofs etc, which can compromise the reinforcement bars contained within RAAC planks.

Looking ahead 

It’s likely we will continue to hear about RAAC and whilst the current discussion is focused on schools, RAAC has been used widely across the UK in many public sector buildings such as hospitals, universities and in local government offices. It is important lessons are learned from the school findings so they can be applied to other public sector establishments in the future. 

How MPF2 can help 

Having a single supplier on each lot enables you to progress immediately with any of the contractors to collaboratively identify the most appropriate solution specific to your project, leading to faster delivery and avoiding lengthy, complicated tenders. The framework has three lots covering Scotland, England and Wales and Northern Ireland: 

Lot 1 – Roberson Group for Scotland 
Lot 2 – Willmott Dixon for England and Wales 
Lot 3 – Farrans for Northern Ireland 

By creating a strategic relationship with the three awarded suppliers, Procurement Hub has been able to define a very broad range of call-off contracts that can be used with this framework, offering customers unrivalled flexibility, simplicity, and speed.

To find out more about the Major Projects Framework click here.