Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

Highland Council assurance on Concerns About Wick Campus

11th August 2017

Photograph of Highland Council assurance on Concerns About Wick Campus

Highland Council has written to the Wick Stakeholder Group, Wick High School Parent Council and Newton Park Primary School Parent Council to provide a statement of assurance regarding the new Wick Campus facility. The letter states:

We refer to discussion at recent Wick stakeholder group meetings, at which a request was made for the Council to provide a statement of assurance regarding the new Campus facility, and to address media reporting and local concerns over recent months.

As Stakeholders will be aware, the Council deferred the opening date of the new Campus to ensure there was sufficient time for the Council to commission the various systems within the building, undertaken checks and inspections, and ensure that the building was operationally safe and ready before opening.

PHOTOS Inside The New Wick Community Campus

The Campus has been handed over to the Council by Hub North Scotland and Morrison Construction, following a very thorough and robust inspection and certification regime throughout the construction period. Part of that process includes expert assessment, independent of the Council and Hub/Morrison.

A description of the process leading to facility handover, to provide the Council and the community with assurance regarding safety of the facility, is set out below:

Highland Council had its own Clerk of Works regularly on site during construction to review and monitor quality of work, and health and safety;

Morrison Construction undertook their own quality, health, safety and environmental reviews;

Regular monthly project review meetings took place on-site, including Highland Council, Hub and Morrison's staff;

An independent structural engineer's assessment was commissioned by Highland Council;

Additional site visits and inspections by Council engineering staff have taken place in relation to mechanical and electrical systems pre and post-handover;

An independent assessment and certification of the facility was a formal part of the facility handover process;

A statutory inspection of the works by Building Control to ensure the building is safe for occupation in line with the Scottish Building Technical Standards;

Identification of building snagging matters is undertaken by Hub, Morrison's and Highland Council staff, and all logged within a common system;

The Highland Council has review and sign-off of all snagging works prior to closure of such items as complete;

Highland Council officers were on site to witness commissioning and testing of mechanical and electrical systems prior to opening of the facility;

We would also like to specifically address the following issues:

On identification of the ‘deflected' steel beam, the Council commissioned its own independent engineer’s assessment to provide assurance. The beam in question was replaced, and the Council is satisfied regarding the building steel structure based on that independent assessment.

On identification of ‘cracked’ concrete staircases, the Council commissioned the independent engineer’s assessment referred to above. That provided assurance regarding the safety of the staircases within the Campus;

In regard to the scaffolding pictured underneath stairways, and subsequently boxed in with plasterboard, Morrison’s has provided explanation as to the reasons for this situation, and provided assurance regarding the strength and safety of these stairwells. As stated above, these stairwells have also been subject to an independent engineer’s assessment. The Council is satisfied with regard to the safety of these staircases. Following this matter coming to light, on the Council’s instruction, the contractor has removed the scaffolding and made good the plaster boarding, etc.

As a result of the recent Sauna fire, the Council and Facilities Management provider moved quickly to address the immediate damage and in liaison with High Life Highland bring leisure facilities back into safe use at the earliest opportunity. It has been agreed that an independent investigation will be undertaken to understand the cause of the fire.

We trust that this letter provides assurance regarding the safety of the Campus facility, and provides some clarity around matters reported within the media.

The Council continues to monitor progress of Hub North Scotland and Morrison Construction with regard to completion of all snagging works.

The Council will continue to provide updates on progress via the Wick Stakeholder group.

The Campus is a fantastic facility and a tremendous asset for the Community. We believe that all stakeholders can now look forward confidently and with pride in one of the best public facilities in the Highlands. The Council looks forward to welcoming pupils back for the start of the new school year.

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

25/9/2017
Highland Council Countryside Rangers get ready for High Life transfer
The Highland Council Countryside Rangers have yet again had a busy summer getting people out into the countryside, exploring and enjoying wonderful wildlife and scenery.   Over the summer months the team have put on over 250 events involving over 4000 people.  
25/9/2017
Temporary Traffic Lights At Tomnahurich Roundabout, InvernessThumbnail for article : Temporary Traffic Lights At Tomnahurich Roundabout, Inverness
Drivers are being advised that on Thursday (28 September 2017) temporary traffic lights will be in position at the A82 approach to Tomnahurich roundabout.   The temporary traffic controls are required to allow for work associated with the new West Link crossing to be carried out and will be operating from 9am until 4pm.  
21/9/2017
Highland Council joins Scotland's battle to wage war on waste
The Highland Council has signed up to join Recycle Week's army of ambassadors in a bid to get Scotland recycling more.   Recycle Week, which takes place from 25 September to 1 October 2017, is the annual UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of the vital importance of recycling.  
20/9/2017
Team behind multi-million pound Inverness Active Travel project celebrate funding competition success
The team behind the Inverness City Active Travel Network project met up with stakeholders and community representatives in Inverness today (Wednesday 20 September) to celebrate being awarded £6.5M of Community Links PLUS funding following the announcement made by the Minister for Transport and the Islands in Glasgow on Monday.   Highland Council and partners have been able to identify matching investment of over £7M, which includes the West Link active travel infrastructure, Inverness Railway Station cycle parking infrastructure, Safer Routes to School interventions, and smarter travel promotion.  
19/9/2017
Deadline Approaching To Register To Sell E-cigarettes
Retailers who sell Nicotine Vapour Products (NVPs) - more commonly known as e-cigarettes and e-liquids - have until 30 September 2017 to update the Register of Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Product Retailers to show that they sell NVPs.  Retailers who fail to update the Register by this date will be committing an offence.  
19/9/2017
Deadline Approaching To Register To Sell E-cigarettes
Retailers who sell Nicotine Vapour Products (NVPs) - more commonly known as e-cigarettes and e-liquids - have until 30 September 2017 to update the Register of Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Product Retailers to show that they sell NVPs.  Retailers who fail to update the Register by this date will be committing an offence.  
19/9/2017
Highland Councillors visit Police Control Room Dundee
Chair of Resources Councillor Alister Mackinnon and Scrutiny Lead for Police and Fire Services, Councillor Matthew Reiss visited the Dundee Police Control Room on Monday 18 September 2017, following an invitation from Police Scotland.   Cllr Reiss said: "We welcomed the opportunity to see for ourselves how the new contact, command and control approach is intended to work.  
14/9/2017
Highland Council Leader Says Promises Broken And Commitments Not Met By Scottish Police Authority
Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has responded to a presentation at City of Inverness Area Committee by Police Scotland on their plans for the Inverness Control Room and establishing two National Database Enquiry Units (NDEUs).   She said: "Presentations to local committees on revised plans to establish two National Database Enquiry Units cannot be seen as consultation.  
14/9/2017
Sutherland considers local opportunities in City-Region Deal
Members of Sutherland County Committee received an update on the City-Region Deal at their meeting on Wednesday 13 September 2017.   Chair of the Sutherland County Committee Councillor Linda Munro said: "The City-Region Deal is to be welcomed and it is a good thing for the Highlands.  
8/9/2017
Highland Council Gets Tough On Unlicensed Houses In Multiple Occupation
Joint Operation to identify unlicensed HMOs.   Following concerns that several flats within Cruickshank Court, Dingwall, were being occupied as unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), the Highland Council's Environmental Health team led a joint investigation at the property on the evening of 7 September 2017.  

[Printer Friendly Version]