RAAC in the higher and further education sectors - how to approach your projects

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) has hit the headlines recently in relation to schools.  It also affects further and higher education establishments.  What should you do if your buildings are affected?

  • RAAC panels are a lightweight form of concrete panel and were used in the construction of all sorts of buildings from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. The panels have a bubbly appearance, often resembling chocolate Aero bars. RAAC panels typically have a 30-year lifespan, after which cracking can appear and the bubbles can break down, potentially resulting in structural failures for the buildings concerned.
  • Mills & Reeve has for many months been advising clients in connection with building contracts for reconstruction and replacement of the affected areas (often roofs) of buildings.  We have advised clients on how to ensure their buildings can remain open safely whilst the vital repair works are being carried out, using a bespoke delivery agreement with individual call offs to facilitate a streamlined transition between affected areas.
  • Do get in touch if you require legal support to prepare contracts for the repair and reconstruction of buildings in your estate affected by RAAC concrete.

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