Published: 13/02/2017 15:35 - Updated: 13/02/2017 15:38

Parents hit out over problems at IRA

Written byBy Nicole Webber

Demolition work is being carried out at the old Inverness Royal Academy site.
Demolition work is being carried out at the old Inverness Royal Academy site.

ANGRY parents have accused the new Inverness Royal Academy building of having a “scandalous catalogue” of problems amid ongoing issues over its construction.

Highland Council has confirmed that there are still some “snagging works” and “other issues” at the £46 million school.

There is still no gas supply within the school, resulting in the use of electric rather than gas cookers in home economics and the use of portable Bunsen burners in science. The issue is not set to be resolved by contractors until the summer.

They are currently working evenings and weekends to resolve cabling and other related issues impacting on IT.

Bad weather has also led to reports of leaks in some parts of the building, with parents taking to Facebook to slate the new school. One social media user claimed the issues were “scandalous”, while another claimed that the new roofing was the problem.

A Highland Council spokeswoman said: “There remain a number of outstanding snagging works and other issues to be resolved at the IRA.

“Highland Council is closely monitoring Hub North Scotland and Morrison Construction progress in addressing these matters.”

They added: “There have been a small number of roof leaks since opening which have been fixed when reported.”

Parents of pupils with asthma claim a lack of proper ventilation in the school is also making some children feel ill. The council said any staff concerns relating to heating and ventilation in the school are being looked into.

There were other claims that sewage and fire alarms were faulty but Highland Council has denied those accusations.

The news comes as demolition continues on the old Inverness Royal Academy building. The past weekend saw construction workers begin to demolish the outside of the old school.

There have also been complaints from the public about the state of the ground around the new school as the old one is dismantled. The demolition project began internally in November with specialist sub-contractors brought in to bag and dispose of the asbestos.

A spokeswoman added: “The controlled removal of asbestos from within the old buildings has now been successfully completed. Some cladding panels containing asbestos are still to be removed and this will be dealt with safely by the specialist contractor engaged for this purpose.

“Once areas are cleared the contractor will continue with hard and soft landscaping, roads, footpaths and car parking. There will also be two new all-weather synthetic games pitches for football, hockey, etc, plus a trim trail.”

Demolition works are currently on schedule to be complete by mid-May with the whole of the scheme expected to be finished by mid-November.

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