Why Marquees are the Best Solution in the RAAC Schools Crisis


The use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in schools has become a major concern in the UK this month, with over 150 schools reporting the presence of this potentially dangerous material. RAAC, a lightweight form of concrete used between the 1950s and 1990s, has been found to be unsafe and has led to the closure of classrooms, halls, and even kitchen areas in affected schools. The safety of students and staff is of paramount importance, and finding a quick and effective solution to continue education is crucial.


Understanding the Danger of RAAC

RAAC may have been used in schools for decades, but recent discoveries have shed light on its potential risks. The concrete used in the construction of buildings can deteriorate over time, leading to structural instability and the release of harmful asbestos fibres. Asbestos exposure can result in serious health issues, including asbestosis and lung cancer. The presence of RAAC in schools poses a significant threat to the well-being of students, teachers, and staff.


The Need for a Fast and Reliable Solution

With the closure of classrooms and other essential spaces in affected schools, finding an alternative teaching environment becomes essential. The education of students should not be compromised due to unsafe buildings. This is where marquees come into play as a viable solution. Marquees have proven their versatility and reliability during the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling schools to continue teaching in a safe manner. They can once again be a vital piece of equipment for educators facing the RAAC crisis.


Two marquees sit in a school ground, helping to protect children during the RAAC crisis


Marquees: The Ideal Solution for Schools in the RAAC Crisis


Marquees offer several advantages that make them the ideal solution for schools affected by the RAAC crisis, which can help to minimise the impact on children's learning and provide a safe learning environment.

Marquees are incredibly flexible and adaptable structures. They can be set up quickly and easily in various locations, allowing schools to continue their operations without significant delays. Whether it's on the school grounds or nearby open spaces, marquees provide a versatile solution that can be tailored to the specific needs of each school.


Size and Capacity

Gala Tent commercial quality marquees, available in sizes up to 9m x 30m, offer ample space to accommodate hundreds of children and their teachers. These spacious structures can be used as classrooms, gyms, halls, or dining areas. With the closure of school halls and kitchen areas due to RAAC, marquees can serve as temporary replacements, ensuring that students have a safe and comfortable environment for learning and dining.


Speedy Installation

Time is of the essence when it comes to addressing the RAAC crisis in schools. Gala Tent works with specialists who can quickly and efficiently erect marquees on school premises. Their expertise ensures that schools can resume teaching as soon as possible, minimising disruption to students' education. Swift installation also means that schools can focus on other important aspects of the crisis, such as asbestos removal and building repairs.


Safety and Compliance

Gala Tent's commercial quality marquees are designed and built to meet the highest safety standards. They are sturdy, reliable, and can withstand various weather conditions. Safety precautions, such as fire-retardant materials and proper ventilation, are incorporated into the design to ensure the well-being of students and staff. Additionally, Gala Tent's marquees comply with relevant regulations and guidelines to provide a safe and compliant learning environment.


Cost-Effective Solution

Investing in marquees as a temporary solution for schools affected by the RAAC crisis can be a cost-effective approach. Rather than undertaking extensive and expensive building repairs or constructing new classrooms, marquees offer a practical and budget-friendly alternative. Schools can redirect their resources towards addressing the root cause of the issue, ensuring the long-term safety and sustainability of their facilities.


Minimal Disruption to Education

Continuity in education is crucial, and marquees provide a seamless transition for students and teachers. By setting up marquees as temporary classrooms, schools can maintain their regular schedules and minimize the disruption caused by the closure of RAAC-affected buildings. Students can continue their studies without significant interruptions, ensuring their academic progress remains on track.




Children receive a music lesson beneath a marquee at a school


The RAAC crisis in schools demands swift and effective solutions to ensure the safety and education of students. Ultimately, whilst some schools seek alternative solutions, such as class-sharing, sending children to other schools in the area, or costly portacabin-style structures, marquees do offer a flexible, quick, and reliable alternative for schools facing the closure of classrooms and essential spaces. Gala Tent's commercial quality marquees provide spacious and safe environments for learning, dining, and other school activities.


With their expertise in installation and compliance, Gala Tent can assist schools in navigating the challenges posed by the RAAC crisis. By choosing marquees as a temporary solution, schools can prioritise the well-being of their students and staff while addressing the long-term issues associated with RAAC.


If your school has been affected by the RAAC crisis and you're looking to source an alternative to ensure your children's educations aren't affected as much as they might otherwise be, then please give our team a call on 01709 911948. As with the COVID-19 pandemic, these structures may sell quickly, so we recommend getting in touch urgently. We can help.


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