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Airport crisis fears after Heathrow and Gatwick found to have same dodgy concrete that shut down schools | The Sun

THE crumbling concrete that has shut down schools across Britain has been discovered at Heathrow and Gatwick.

Airport bosses say they were aware of the presence of RAAC before the schools crisis engulfing Rishi Sunak kicked off last week.

RAAC was first found at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 last year.

Temporary safety precautions were put in place as airport bosses weigh up permanent solutions.

A spokesperson for Heathrow said: “Industry has been aware and acting on the remedial steps that should be taken in buildings that contain this material.

“Passenger and colleague safety will always be our first priority. We will continue to update stakeholders across the sector as our plans for permanent solutions progress.” 

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Gatwick Airport most recently inspected RAAC in its buildings in June this month.

Structural engineers said they have no concerns at this time.

An airport spokesperson said: “We have a register of locations containing RAAC on the airport campus, which are closely monitored through a regular comprehensive structural inspection regime.

“Our most recent inspection in June 2023 did not present any concerns and we will continue to monitor on a regular basis.”

Manchester Airport is currently being inspected for crumbling concrete.

However, the likelihood of its presence to be “very low”.

It comes as town hall chiefs were last night instructed to quickly assess their social housing stock, amid fears some buildings could contain killer concrete.

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The Regulator of Social Housing warned local authorities that RAAC may be present in council homes constructed between the 1950s and 1980s.

In a letter the Regulator of Social Housing confirmed buildings with a flat roof and panel structures are most likely to be at risk.

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