13 local authorities have confirmed the use of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding across at least 43 school buildings in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced.
The announcement reiterated that while Scottish building standards systems and regulations for high-rise domestic properties in Scotland mean that the type of ACM reportedly used on Grenfell Tower should not be used in their cladding systems, it can be used as part of the cladding systems of other buildings.
Local authorities and the fire and rescue service are carrying out checks to ensure the ACM cladding installed across the schools has been fitted in accordance with building regulations.
The 13 local authorities are:
- Aberdeen City Council – 1
- Angus Council – 2
- Argyll & Bute – 1
- City of Edinburgh Council – 1
- Dumfries and Galloway Council – 16 at present (further inspections still being undertaken)
- Dundee City Council – 1
- East Renfrewshire Council – 6
- Glasgow City Council – 1
- Inverclyde Council – 3
- North Lanarkshire Council – 1
- South Ayrshire Council – 3
- South Lanarkshire Council – 1
- West Dunbartonshire Council – 6
Scottish Borders Council is still to respond.
A Scottish Government spokesperson said, “Local authorities are responsible for ensuring the safety of school buildings in their areas – and if there is a need to inform parents and pupils on any aspect of school safety it is for the council to do so.
“Schools across Scotland are currently closed for summer holidays and all checks being carried out are precautionary to ensure building materials have been correctly used.”