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The NAO noted that: 'System-built buildings introduced in the post-war years can require disproportionate maintenance expenditure.'Essex, the largest education authority, was opening one school a week some 25 years ago. It now has 729 schools of all kinds and has found 138 timber-frame built schools in need of major repairs.It has done this in a rolling programme and how has only five schools left to repair.But this has extended the lives of these buildings by only 15 years, so the ...

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