Edinburgh schools report warns of ‘widespread' issues

9 February 2017 Report into schools PFIs blames insufficient quality assurance and record keeping by both partner and council; warns issues likely to be “more widespread”

The independent report commissioned by Edinburgh City Council in the wake of the collapsed wall at the Oxgangs school has found there was insufficient independent quality assurance and poor record keeping by both the council and private partner.

It also revealed there were ineffective quality assurance measures within the construction industry and warned that the issues identified are likely to be “more widespread” than just the Edinburgh PFI batch.

The report said evidence taken during the inquiry suggested issues around workmanship had little to do with PFI, but is an issue with the construction industry more widely.

Edinburgh chief executive Andrew Kerr will now draw up an action plan to address the recommendations of the report, which was compiled by PPP expert John Cole.

“The report pulls no punches and makes clear what went wrong, the reasons for it and where responsibility lay,” said Kerr.  “Clearly there are lessons for the Council and I will now be drawing up an action plan to take our recommendations forward to ensure everyone can have confidence in the safety of all of our buildings.”

To access the full 250-page report, click on the PDF link below.


This page was last updated on:
20 November 2017.


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