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Edinburgh schools: Engineer explains school build issue

Thousands of schoolchildren in Edinburgh have been unable to return to school after several schools in the city were closed.

On Friday, Edinburgh Council decided to close the schools due to safety concerns over the standard of construction.

Five secondary schools, 10 primaries and two additional support needs schools, have been shut affecting about 7,000 pupils.

The schools were all built or refurbished under the same public private partnership (PPP) contract.

The issue relates to a possible absence of the ties which hold walls to the main structure.

Dave Parker, technical editor of New Civil Engineer magazine, explained what needed to be done to identify such faults in the school structures.

Hear the full interview on BBC Good Morning Scotland.

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