Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) - latest update

As of Friday 8 September, the latest Hampshire County Council position regarding reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) is as follows:

Sep 8 2023


A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council, said: “In relation to public buildings maintained by Hampshire County Council, we can confirm two known cases of RAAC. 
 
“Cranbourne College in Basingstoke is the only school site under our management where RAAC has been identified. Temporary work has already been undertaken to one section of the building to make sure it is safe, and another area has been taken out of use since the beginning of the year. The school has reopened for the new academic year as normal. 
 
“Following a detailed structural survey carried out on Wednesday 6 September, RAAC has been confirmed within an area of South Ham Community Library* in Basingstoke, in an area of the building that is owned by Hampshire County Council. This area is used by a community group, and we have notified them of the outcome of this survey. As a precautionary measure we have instructed that the impacted areas are closed immediately and remain closed until appropriate mitigation measures have been implemented. Other areas of the building are owned by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and we have notified them of the outcome of our investigation.
 
“The County Council is responsible for a large estate, and we have a comprehensive inspection programme in place for all our buildings, including structural surveys by qualified engineers. Through these, RAAC has not been identified elsewhere, however we continue to monitor the position with RAAC across our estate and would investigate, and take appropriate action, should issues be identified.”
 
*South Ham Community Library is part of Westside Community Centre