A dedicated team is to be appointed to ensure there are no structural defects in Aberdeenshire Council’s buildings in the future.
The proposal comes on the back of the Edinburgh schools scandal, where 17 facilities were forced to close after a wall collapsed at Oxgangs Primary School in January 2016.
Aberdeenshire councillors met yesterday to discuss a report on remediation works carried out at several north-east schools off the back of an independent investigation commissioned by Edinburgh City Council.
Aberdeenshire Council’s own surveys found there were similar structural defects found at Portlethen and Meldrum academies, Hill of Banchory, Kintore, Longside, Banff, Oldmeldrum, Rothienorman and Rosehearty schools.
However, the council has stressed the issues are not as severe as those uncovered in the capital.
Members of Aberdeenshire Council unanimously agreed a report which proposes to spend £140,000 on a new core team which would examine every property in its estate on a five-year rolling programme. This includes 187 schools.
Gillian Owen, chairwoman of the council’s education committee, said: “This council has invested significant amounts of money in its school estate.
“Members will be aware significant defects were found in several Edinburgh schools but the subsequent Cole Inquiry contained a few recommendations for all councils across Scotland.
“Officers have also carried out surveys with more recent buildings with no structural defects found.”
The report, which was considered by councillors, said the Edinburgh Inquiry had uncovered structural defects similar to Edinburgh.
It added there appeared to be a “systematic failure” in the design and installation of head restraints and wall tie embedment in the design and construction of some schools in that area.
It added: “It is reassuring that from investigations of the more recently constructed schools at Ellon and Alford that no structural problems have been identified.”