13 November 2018
This week, Dundee City Council confirmed it will write to parents of children at St Paul’s RC Academy to inform them of the proposal to remove dangerous cladding from the school.
St Paul’s RC Academy in Kirkton was constructed using Reynobond PE, the same material that made up the cladding on the Grenfell Tower.
Almost a quarter of the cladding at the school is made of the hazardous material.
The removal of the cladding will be considered by councillors next week as part of a programme of measures to improve fire safety.
Councillor Alan Ross, convener of Community Safety and Public Protection, said the fire at Braeview Academy, which revealed unresolved fire safety failures highlighted months and years earlier, had led the council to “make additional checks at schools across the city”.
The replacement of the cladding at St Paul’s Academy is likely to take place over the Easter and summer holidays in 2019, in partnership with construction company Sir Robert McAlpine.
Council leader John Alexander said: “Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower last year, we carried out a thorough investigation and review of fire safety in all of our buildings.
“While the ACM cladding at St Paul’s meets current standards, there may be a change in legislation in the future and I think it is important that we take this opportunity offered by Sir Robert McAlpine to replace this material.”
Local authority members are being asked to approve a £70,000 financial contribution towards the renovations.