Leading Scottish architects are calling for critical building inspections to take place after defects were found in a number of Edinburgh schools.
This would apply to all public buildings constructed in this century. Each would have to be checked for serious latent defects that could leave them unsound.
The appeal was a response to a recent report into the Edinburgh schools scandal, which cast a spotlight on 17 buildings after it was revealed that construction work had not been signed off properly.
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) warned that lives could be at risk due to issues with the self-certification of these structures.
The situation came to public attention in January after a wall collapse occurred at an Edinburgh primary school. 17 schools were later closed after structural issues were discovered.
The schools were built by the Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP) during the first segment of a 2005 public-private partnership. This deal was a component of a private finance agreement worth £360m, in which 13 schools were constructed as part of a joint venture between Amey and Miller Construction.
A new report by procurement expert and architect John Coles has revealed that these problems could also exist in other publicly funded developments.
Neil Baxter, chief executive for RIAS, claimed that there had been too much emphasis on pursuing profit at the expense of safety by project developers and contractors. He also called for report recommendations to be acted upon.
Mr Baxter warned that if nothing is done in this regard, there is a strong possibility that people will die.