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Asbestos in Schools

SCOLA Buildings in Hampshire

The asbestos and fire situation

 

 


Hampshire has a considerable number of SCOLA system built schools. The following notes explain the situation in Hampshire SCOLA schools. References are at the foot of the page.

Brighton Hill Community College is a system built school, but we do not know if it is of the SCOLA type. Refer to Release of Asbestos Fibres in System built schools (Part 1) for details of other types.
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SCOLA (Second Consortium of Local Authorities) 2,000 built. All were schools. 1961-1990. Steel frame construction similar to CLASP(1) Contains asbestos, quantities, locations and type under current FOI request.

  • "The Pillar Consultancy was inaugurated in 1989, and is the successor organisation to SCOLA. It now administers the SCOLA steel frame and component arrangements."(2)
  • SCOLA recladding developed by Hampshire Property services Department in partnership with SAPA building systems Ltd. Wessex window systems Ltd and Structural engineers The Anthony Ward Partnership.(3)
  • 40% of schools in Hampshire are of SCOLA construction…25% of national total. Timber clad external elevations. Expected lifespan 25 years. Built over fourteen years from 1960s to1970s to accommodate London overspill(4) Hampshire has 449 SCOLA buildings. "Asbestos panels require high levels of maintenance. Fire precautions do not meet modern standards."(5) 
  • 20% of Hampshire's early SCOLA design. "Unless remedial work is carried out it is unlikely these schools would meet the requirements of the Building Regulations today. In particular the need for fire compartmentation would almost certainly be deficient" (6)
  • Note SCOLA are similar to CLASP and there is also an inherent fire risk in many Mks of CLASP buildings: "This type of construction, CLASP, is known to be a significant contributor to the spread of fire throughout the premises due to the non standard construction and the lack of fire breaks within the roof voids and the wall cavities…"(7)

Fire stopping/separation in Consortia constructed schools
Consortia type school buildings, typically Scola and Clasp type construction, offer high levels of risk in terms of property loss due to the lightweight construction and the undivided nature of the ceiling and roof voids. In such building types, relatively small fires can develop and spread extremely rapidly and extensively….

Significant attention will be required with respect to the impact of asbestos containing materials both within and encapsulating such voids…."(8)

 

[1] www.scapebuild.co.uk Building systems. www.pillarconsultancy.com Information.
[2] www.scapebuild.co.uk Building systems. www.pillarconsultancy.com Information.
[3] www.hants.gov.uk Hampshire County Council. Press release 22 Dec 2005
[4] www.hants.gov.uk Hampshire County Council. Press release 22 Dec 2005
[5] Hampshire archive Concern over crumbling schools 21 Mar 2000
[6] Arson in schools Chief Executive of the Association for specialist Fire Protection www.labc.uk.com Summer 2007
[7] Coventry City Council Public report 7 16 Nov 2005
[8] Education Leeds Capital scheme 12383 Sep 2005

See pages 56-59 of Release of Asbestos Fibres in System built schools (Part 1)