MSPs urge Scotland-wide estate reviews

The Scottish parliament’s education committee has recommended that all public authorities in the country review their estates in light of the review into the collapse of the Oxgangs school wall.

In the Education and Skills Committee report, the MSPs said the Scottish government should ensure that all devolved public bodies study the Cole Report, which studied the causes of the wall collapse at the Oxgangs school, and then review their estate “in light of its findings”.

It also suggested that in most cases “a clerk of works reporting directly to the client will be the most suitable way for public bodies to ensure quality and safety”. In July, Scottish local government minister Kevin Stewart said the Scottish government has no plans to make a clerk of works a legal requirement for future projects.

Furthermore, the MSPs recommended that the Scottish government work with the UK government and the other devolved authorities in the UK to share information and best practice emerging from the findings of the Cole Report.

The report again reconfirmed the findings of the Cole Report in respect of the use of the PPP model, highlighting that the “choice of funding method was not the cause of the defective construction”.