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Plans for Royal Liverpool cladding replacement still unclear

25 June 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Hospital bosses in charge of the new Royal Liverpool hospital, whose construction stalled after the collapse of Carillion, still haven’t appointed a contractor to replace dangerous cladding on the building, it has emerged.

New documents published by the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust said that the contract for the replacement of cladding “has not been finalised”.

It was revealed in September last year that the cladding would have to be replaced because, despite assurances from Carillion that it had been specified and installed to meet the required standards of fire safety (HTM05-02 ‘Firecode – fire safety in the design of healthcare premises’), a review by Arup had found that this was not the case, with some parts of different cladding systems on the building.

The Trust said that while a workable solution to the cladding issue had been identified, it was still awaiting final sign-off from Building Control. It is also waiting for the final programme from Laing O’Rourke, which has been drafted in to complete the hospital, before it finalises the business case for the replacement of cladding.

Although Laing O’Rourke is currently working on a new timetable for construction, the hospital is expected to be completed by 2021.

Earlier this month, it emerged that Laing O’Rourke’s work correcting structural flaws in the building would require 165 tonnes of fabricated steelwork and 220 cubic metres of concrete.

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