Scaffolding up inside Calderdale town library as work takes place to fix water leak and remove RAAC concrete

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Scaffolding has been put up inside a library in Calderdale as work takes place to fix a leak.

The structure is in place at Todmorden Library while work to remove reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) is also ongoing.

The Rochdale Road library closed at the end of November after RAAC was discovered in the roof.

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It reopened earlier this year though parts of the building and its local history section are still inaccessible.

The scaffolding inside Todmorden LibraryThe scaffolding inside Todmorden Library
The scaffolding inside Todmorden Library

Coun Silvia Dacre, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for resources, said: “Todmorden library remains open whilst work to the roof is taking place.

“Part of this work involves ongoing investigations to identify and resolve problems with water leaking into the building. Scaffolding is in place to assist with these investigations.

“There is also work taking place to remove reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) which is present in parts of the building’s extension.

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"The council is working with utility partners, as cabling is present in the roof and needs removing before further work can take place. Scaffolding will remain in place throughout the works.

“The library is open as normal whilst the works are being carried out.

"However, space is more limited and unfortunately some parts of the local history collection are currently unavailable.”

RAAC is a lightweight material that was used in floors and walls between the 1950s and 1990s.

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It is cheaper to install than regular concrete but is less durable and has a lifespan of around 30 years.

In autumn last year it was found in buildings around the country forcing a number of safety closures.

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