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Expert legal advice on the issue of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC)

The presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) has made the news this year as a major concern to schools and other public bodies.

Used extensively from the 1950s through to the 1990s as a cheaper, lighter, alternative to conventional, reinforced concrete, RAAC has a limited usable lifespan.

Those who think RAAC may be in their buildings will have many questions, including:

  • How do we know if RAAC is present?
  • What are our duties under health and safety legislation?
  • If our building is held under a lease, who is responsible for repair?
  • Should we close our site?
  • Can we make an insurance claim?
  • Can we make a claim under construction warranties?

Across our firm we have specialists in all areas relevant to RAAC so we’re best placed to advise you on your liabilities and support you with your next steps.

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