Sports stadium safety officials are set to engage in discussions with local authorities concerning concerns related to reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), following the closure of over 100 schools in England due to concrete-collapse risks.
The aim is to determine whether RAAC was used in sports grounds, as officials are eager to ascertain if this construction material poses any concerns in stadiums. RAAC, which was used by builders between 1950 and the 1980s, is not commonly found in sports ground construction. While there is no immediate cause for serious alarm, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) intends to collaborate with local authorities responsible for ground inspections to ensure any potential issues are identified and addressed.
During the specified time period, few new sports grounds were constructed in football, but several redevelopments occurred, resulting in the erection of new stands. SGSA officials do not consider this to be a significant cause for concern. Nevertheless, given the recent revelations about RAAC, the SGSA has proactively reached out to local authorities that oversee ground inspections to ensure that any potential issues related to RAAC are detected and resolved appropriately.
Last week, 156 schools were informed that RAAC was present in their buildings, leading to the partial or complete closure of some educational facilities as the new term approached. Concerns have also been raised about the potential use of flawed construction materials, including the presence of asbestos, in other public buildings such as hospitals, police stations, leisure centers, office blocks, and council structures. An SGSA spokesperson acknowledged these concerns and emphasized that while large sports grounds are unlikely to be significantly affected, the authority will work with local government to ensure that any issues related to RAAC are appropriately identified and addressed.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn