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Preston Magistrates Court shuts as RAAC found in roof

Preston Magistrates Court has been forced to close following the discovery of RAAC in the roof.

RAAC – which differs from conventional concrete because it is filled with air bubbles instead of aggregates such as gravel, is lighter and cheaper – was popular in the public sector decades ago when it was used to rebuild schools, hospitals and other infrastructure.

But it has recently blighted more than 150 schools just as children were about to start the new year, as it only has a 30-year lifespan.

Bosses found the crumbling substance in the roof at Preston Magistrates Court had been damaged following heavy rainfall.

Cases sent to Blackpool

Blackpool Magistrates Court confirmed all cases for ‘at least’ today had been transferred to them and some staff were working remotely.

It is believed Preston magistrates could be closed for up to three months while the roof is replaced.

A HMCTS spokeswoman said:  “We have decided to close Preston Magistrates’ Court for improvement works including repairs to the roof and mitigating RAAC that has recently deteriorated due to suspected water damage.

“Cases will be heard at alternative sites to minimise disruption while we carry out repairs as quickly as possible.”

 

 

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