In a message to Harrow residents, Cllr Paul Osborn, Leader of The London Borough of Harrow, has confirmed that there is no potentially dangerous concrete, specifically reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), found in council-managed schools within the borough.
With the start of the new school year, Cllr Osborn took the opportunity to extend his warm wishes to the students and their families, recalling his own school days and acknowledging the mix of excitement and nerves that often accompanies this time.
He also highlighted the resources available on the Young Harrow Foundation’s website to assist children and parents in making a smooth start to the academic year.
Cllr Osborn reported, “I’m pleased to say that schools in Harrow that are managed by the council have had an uninterrupted start to the school year and are free of RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete).”
RAAC, a lightweight precast concrete variant, was widely used in UK public sector buildings from the mid-1960s to the 1990s, with its origins dating back to 1930s Sweden.
Typically found in roofs, sometimes in floors and walls, RAAC planks can resemble conventional precast concrete, often concealed above false ceilings. However, it’s less durable than traditional concrete, posing potential safety concerns.
The council noted that they are actively monitoring the situation.
Cllr Osborn stated, “We are carrying out a detailed survey of our own estate, but to date and as far as we are aware, this issue doesn’t affect any of our other council-owned buildings.”