Edinburgh Council buildings to be inspected following school closures

The collapsed wall at Oxgangs Primary following Storm Gertrude. Picture: Toby Williams

The collapsed wall at Oxgangs Primary following Storm Gertrude. Picture: Toby Williams

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CITY bosses have set aside half a million pounds to inspect council buildings across Edinburgh in the wake of the shock closure of 17 schools.

Five secondaries, ten primaries and two special schools were temporarily shut earlier this year after a wall collapsed at Oxgangs Primary during a storm.

Now bosses have drawn up an initial budget of £500,000 to make sure no construction defects exist in other buildings.

It is understood they will focus on structures built at around the same time as the schools, which were all built or refurbished following a £360m private finance deal in 2002.

A council spokesman said a "proportionate and structured approach will be adopted to inspecting the wider estate", looking at the issues identified in the faulty schools "regarding wall ties and head restraints".

He added: "There no evidence to suggest that any of our buildings are at risk. However, we wish to be certain that similar issues do not exist so it is prudent to carry out wider inspections.

"At this time it is not possible to estimate the cost but an initial £500,000 budget has been identified from last year's budget under spend."

An inspection squad consisting of senior officers and structural engineers with direct experience of the school closures has been set up to carry out the review.