School closures: Glasgow primary had same fault four years ago

Work being carried out at Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh.

Work being carried out at Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh.

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ONE of the companies at the centre of the Capital’s school closures crisis was responsible for a similar fault at a school in Glasgow four years ago, it emerged today.

Miller Construction footed the bill for repairs to Lourdes Primary School after it had to shut when “header ties” - used to fix the top of a wall to the rest of the building - were found to be missing - the same problem which has led to the emergency closure of 17 Edinburgh schools.

In a letter to parents at the time, Miller blamed poor workmanship.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said: “The issue over the building defects in Lourdes Primary School that came to light in November 2012 was handled quickly and effectively, with Miller Construction accepting all responsibility.

“They paid all costs relating to the works and decant costs. The council then ordered structural surveys on all Glasgow schools Miller Construction built and all came back clear.”

Miller Construction was bought by another firm, Galliford Try, in 2014.

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