Dangerous concrete disrupts Airdrie Sheriff Court
Three of six courtrooms in Airdrie Sheriff Court remain out of commission out of concerns about reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).
Although the presence of RAAC in the building has been known for some time, court proceedings were disrupted earlier this week after remedial works raised more serious safety concerns than previously.
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) confirmed to SLN that three courtrooms are currently closed as a result.
A spokesperson said: “An assessment at Airdrie Sheriff Court confirmed that there was RAAC present in the building. Airdrie Justice of the Peace Court has been inspected and no RAAC has been identified.
“During a detailed inspection of one of the courts a single RAAC panel was been found to be damaged.
“The safety of our staff and all who use our buildings remains our primary concern therefore all areas within Airdrie Sheriff Court, which have not yet been inspected, will be taken out of operation until we are sure there is no risk to those who use the building.
“We are carefully considering all options for court business, including moving business online and making full use of the court estate.”