Update on the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) within CHP buildings

Within the past couple of weeks, it has been widely reported about concerns regarding reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). The Government Property and NHS Estates community has been working hard to assess the scale and put in place plans to tackle the issue. 

Lifecycle maintenance is built into the LIFT model and greater utilisation and optimisation of these as core assets will provide greater value for money.   

CHP are aware that we are being asked by NHS partners to confirm we have no RAAC in our LIFT estate. Our Property and Operations Team has checked and confirmed that we have no RAAC in the portfolio.  

RAAC was commonly used in construction from the 1950s to 1990s, which predates the delivery of the LIFT estate from the mid-2000s.

The organisation are also getting assurance from our Regional Directors, in their role as LIFTCo Directors sitting on the LIFTCo Boards, as well as written confirmation from LIFTCos.  

Last week new guidance was published by the Department for Education regarding the approach to the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) within educational facilities. Subsequently, this has raised concerns for the presence of RAAC within the NHS health estate. The health and safety of our tenants, staff, patients and building users is our top priority. As head tenant, we have engaged with our landlords across all 308 of CHP’s buildings and can confirm no potential presence of RAAC has been identified in any of CHP’s buildings. It is worth noting that the buildings were all constructed post 2000 so are out of the timeframe when RAAC was used. CHP continues to support the work of our NHS partners delivering healthcare services within a safe and modern health estate.

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