Burst pipes close 13 classes at new school

NEW BEARSDEN ACADEMY'EM'4/5/11
NEW BEARSDEN ACADEMY'EM'4/5/11

PART of a multi-million pound flagship school had to be closed down - after it was hit by a flood, writes Laura Sturrock.

When teachers and students arrived for lessons after the Easter holiday a burst pipe had inundated all three levels of the building and 13 classrooms had to be closed.

Pupils who should have been sitting exams had to be moved elsewhere in the school.

A source, who did not want to be named, said: “The water was pouring down the walls in some rooms and tiles had fallen off the ceiling in one of the classrooms. Computers were removed from the affected classrooms, I don’t know if they got wet and damaged.

“This is a new school building, things like this shouldn’t be happening.

“The builders should be held accountable for this. Pupils should not be disrupted in this way.”

Pupils moved into the new school building in Stockiemuir Road, Bearsden, in August 2009 - the school was one of six in East Dunbartonshire which were built under a £100million Public Private Partnership (PPP) project carried out by inspirED contractors.

Gil Paterson, SNP candidate for Clydebank and Milngavie constituency, raised concerns early on about the delay in building the new school and its lack of sports pitches and believes that there are many other problems associated with PPP projects being used to build news schools.

He said: “I have had a long-term issue with the contracts for privately financed projects, the issue is that often when problems arise after the building is complete the blame is left with the council and they have to pick up the tab.

“The onus for damage is on them and they may need to claim on their buildings insurance, but the private company responsible for building the school should be held accountable and pay compensation for any disruption that’s caused to pupils.”

Jim Corrigan, contracts manager for the

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