26 September 2019 Housing and homelessness

Large panel system building survey results

Earlier this year, we carried out structural surveys on our eight ‘large panel system’ tower blocks. These surveys were conducted by specialist structural engineers Pick Everard. 

The survey was completed in June and found no structural issues with any of the buildings. The report also stated that the buildings are generally in good structural condition.

Large panel structure systems were popular in the 1950’s and 60’s for building multi-storey residential buildings. The buildings consist of reinforced floor and roof structures supported by precast concrete large panel walls. 

Updating our records

The surveys were carried out to ensure our records on the buildings are up-to-date, following concerns raised about certain types of ‘large panel system’ high-rise blocks nationally. 

None of the city’s tower blocks are of the same construction type as any that have raised concern. Throughout our regular maintenance programme, we’d found no indication of any issues with the blocks. 

The reports did highlight some non-urgent repairs and these will be scheduled into our programme of planned maintenance.

We’ve been in touch with residents of the blocks about the survey results and will continue to survey all our buildings regularly.

You can view or download the structural survey reports below.

Survey reports