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06 Feb 20201 minute read

Schools urged to ensure buildings remain safe

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Schools urged to ensure buildings remain safe

Schools in England are being urged by contractors to ensure that “safety remains paramount”, after a Guardian investigation last month found that one in six (17%) had buildings requiring immediate renovation or repair work.

The comments were made by Shane Grace of testing and inspection contractor Bureau Veritas, who added: “when it comes to compliance management, whether it be asbestos, fire risk assessment, legionella and electrical safety, it doesn’t just boil down to a standard periodic check, but also regular, diligent monitoring to ensure best practice standards are maintained and, in turn, compliance.”

Responding to the findings, Schools Minister Nick Gibb said the Government had made “over £1 billion” available for improving school buildings in this academic year.

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