Update on Raac in Blaenau Gwent

You will have no doubt seen in the news over the past week the situation with schools having to close in England due to the presence of Raac concrete in buildings constructed during a certain period.

Raac is a lightweight, bubbly form of concrete that is usually found in roofs and occasionally in walls and floors. It looks like standard concrete but compared with the “traditional” reinforced material, which is typically denser, Raac is weak and less durable.

The safety and well-being of school pupils and staff is a top priority. Following some initial assessments carried out over the last few days, which have prioritised schools, we can now say with a very high degree of certainty that no schools in Blaenau Gwent contain Raac.

We are continuing to assess other buildings.