10.6 C
Saturday, June 15, 2024

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.”





Bespoke named Best Place to Work by The Sunday Times

Chorley-based digital marketing agency Bespoke has been named by the...

Sky Bet Bonus Code 50/1 England to Wear White – Get £50 Free Bets

New customers at Sky Bet this June, ahead of...

US Open: McIlroy and Cantlay share lead after round one

Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay hold a share of...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Business Lancashire will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.

Don't miss

Trams return to Blackpool’s train station for the first time in 60 years

Passenger trams have linked up with Blackpool’s main train...

Work begins on £1.5m annex to Greater Lancashire Hospital

Greater Lancashire Hospital has commenced building work on a...

Fearless fundraisers needed to take the heat for Rainbow Hub

Do you and your work colleagues have what it...

Paris Olympics: Nadal and Alcaraz to pair up for doubles

Spanish duo Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will pair...

More News

Bespoke named Best Place to Work by The Sunday Times

Chorley-based digital marketing agency Bespoke has been named by the Sunday Times as one of the Best Places to Work in the UK for 2024. The...

Benefits of a fire alarm system

Whether for your business or at home, having a fire alarm system is critical. While it is difficult to control fire, having an alarm...

Morson Group and Palantir Technologies Introduce AI Solutions to Remodel STEM Recruitment

In a landmark development set to transform STEM recruitment in the UK, Morson Group, a leading talent solutions provider and the world's third-largest engineering...