Two St Albans council buildings contain concrete that is prone to crumbling, according to the local authority.

Hundreds of schools that contain RAAC have been ordered to close across the UK due to being at risk of collapsing.

St Albans City & District Council have now confirmed that the William Bird and Abbey View pavilions both feature roof planks made of the concrete.


The William Bird pavilion is set to be demolished, while Abbey View remained open for some time as there "did not appear to be any major cause for concern".

However, last week, guidelines changed on the issue with visual inspections not necessarily detecting deterioration in RAAC planks.

The pavilion has now been closed, and options are being considered for its future.

Herts Advertiser: Abbey View running track and pavilion, in Verulamium Park.Abbey View running track and pavilion, in Verulamium Park. (Image: Google Earth)

St Albans Council had considered closing Abbey View pavilion in January, due to the current financial crisis.

The Abbey View running track will remain open, with the toilets and changing rooms at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre to be used instead.

The local authority have also launched a full review to ensure that RAAC is not present in any other council buildings.

A spokesperson for St Albans City & District Council said: “Both buildings have been managed according to Local Government Association guidelines and this has included regular inspections by an external consultant engineer.

"We have followed all of the engineer’s recommendations and taken action when appropriate.

“Last year, we took the decision to close William Bird after deterioration was detected in some of the planks.

"It has been secured, fenced off and will be demolished.

"Abbey View was inspected last month and remained open as there did not appear to be any major cause for concern.

“However, the guidelines changed last week following new advice from the Building Research Establishment that visual inspections of RAAC planks may not necessarily detect deterioration.

“In view of this, our engineer recommended we close Abbey View pavilion and the adjoining public toilets while we considered the implications and look into options for the future of the pavilion.

“The health and safety of the public is, of course, our paramount concern and we will not endanger that in any way.

“The athletics track remains open and alternative provision will be put in place for the services provided by the pavilion which includes equipment storage.

"Signage will direct track users to the nearby Westminster Lodge toilets and changing rooms.

“We have been talking to the athletics clubs about these alternative arrangements that will allow them to continue with training and events.

“We have no record of RAAC being present at any of our other public buildings, but for reassurance we are now conducting a full review to make absolutely sure that is the case.

“RAAC roof planks were used in the construction of the former Harpenden Sports Centre, but were removed during its conversion into the Eric Morecambe Centre.”