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Safety checks underway at South Ayrshire PPP schools

 13 April 2016  |  

Safety inspections are underway at the five schools and one school annexe constructed under South Ayrshire Council's public private partnership (PPP) with consortium Education 4 Ayrshire (E4A), the Council has confirmed. 

Two secondary schools (Belmont and Prestwick Academies), three primaries (Alloway, Barassie and Monkton) and a school annexe for Kyle Academy in Ayr were built and opened between 2007-2009, as part of the PPP programme.

Donald Gillies, South Ayrshire Council's Head of Property and Risk, said: "At our request, E4A has been carrying out inspections of our PPP schools, which have now been escalated - following the closure of the Edinburgh PPP schools - to include additional survey works. These will be completed this week while the schools remain closed for the Easter holidays and we don't anticipate any impact on the schools reopening on 18 April.

"Based on the initial checks and feedback, we don't expect there to be any safety issues, but we will continue to monitor the situation closely while E4A completes its inspections.

 "We take the safety of our school buildings very seriously and take pride in our efforts to ensure our children and young people have access to quality education facilities. We're investing almost £85 million over the next five years to modernise and improve our own school buildings and recently completed surveys of them all to help inform how and where we spend that money.

"Combined with the works being undertaken by E4A, we are working to ensure we can all have confidence in the safety of our school estate as pupils prepare to return to school after the Easter break."