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BREAKING: Humanities Building closed over RAAC danger

The University of Warwick has closed the Humanities Building following an investigation into buildings on campus. It was closed as a “precaution” after reinforced autoclave aerated concrete (RAAC) was found within it.

RAAC was also found in Butterworth Hall and some parts of Science Block D. However, these two buildings will stay open with “mitigation measures” in place, as the concrete does not pose an “immediate risk” according to the university.

The announcement comes less than a week before the beginning of Welcome Week

A spokesperson for the university noted: “Their roofs have been assessed to be in good condition … they will both be subject to regular reviews and inspections”.

“We’re sorry for the disruption this will cause to a small number of people.”

The announcement comes less than a week before the beginning of Welcome Week, when thousands of incoming first-year students will moving onto Warwick campus. Events during Welcome Week normally take place all across campus.

Crumbling concrete has become a matter of national concern over the past few weeks, as an increasing number of schools and public buildings across the country have been found to contain RAAC: a form of concrete that loses stability over time.

The University of Warwick has been contacted for comment.



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