New homes, public buildings and commercial developments are all expensive construction projects, and when structural defects occur there are usually significant consequences.
This was proven to be the case with the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh in mid- April where safety issues relating to structural defects led to around 7,000 pupils missing the start of term.
The problem first came to light in January when a wall collapsed at Oxgangs primary school in the city.
Subsequently Edinburgh Council announced there would be temporary closures of the 17 schools, which included 10 primary schools. The closures resulted in difficulties for employers as many parents had to take time off to look after children unable to attend school.