12 April 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
House builder Galliford Try has said it takes contractual responsibility for only four of the 17 Edinburgh schools affected by closure after technical faults were found in the buildings.
Galliford acquired Miller Construction, which primarily designed and built the schools in question, in 2014. The schools, built under a £360 million deal by a consortium called the Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP), were completed in 2005. The consortium included Miller Construction, the Bank of Scotland, and Amey, which delivered the FM.
In a statement, a Galliford Try spokesman said: "In March this year we were notified that Oxgangs Primary School, built by Miller Construction more than 10 years ago, lost part of one external wall which blew off in Storm Gertrude.
"Oxgangs was built as part of Edinburgh's PPP schools programme between 2002 and 2005. The programme, which comprised 17 schools in two phases, was managed by an SPV, Edinburgh Schools Partnership.
"ESP subcontracted the construction of the schools to a number of contractors including Miller Construction. Through its acquisition of Miller Construction, Galliford Try has contractual responsibility for four of the 17 schools.
"Remedial work required to remedy defects in those four schools is nearing completion and the costs are not material to the group. Galliford Try takes its role as a responsible contractor very seriously and the safety of the pupils and staff is paramount."
Amey has still not responded to requests for comment.
In a new statement, Edinburgh City Council chief executive Andrew Kerr said: "Early indications are that the issue that prompted the decision on Friday [to close the schools] has been identified in other buildings, but as yet we are not able to determine the full extent of this or the potential impact it may have."