Structural flaws at £335m Royal Liverpool Hospital

Structural flaws at £335m Royal Liverpool Hospital

Agency News

London, Jun 10: Three floors at a stalled new hospital must be rebuilt because of "complex" structural flaws left by construction giant Carillion, a review has found.

Building work at the already delayed new Royal Liverpool Hospital was halted in February last year after Carillion's collapse, according to a BBC News report on Monday.

The review by structural engineers from Arup found three of 11 floors require strengthening.

The hospital was originally due to open in March 2017.
Dr Peter Williams, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said a new completion date had not been set to avoid "raising expectations".
The work will involve "stripping back" areas that were near to completion, the trust said.

The Department of Health has been contacted for a response on behalf of Carillion.

The project, a 646-bed hospital originally expected to cost £335m, has been repeatedly delayed after asbestos was found on site and remedial building work was also needed.
Structural work, which will begin later this month, includes strengthening existing beams, reducing loads and putting in additional support for torsions, Jim Bell, director of structural engineers for Arup, said.

Mr Bell said it was "highly complex" and required more than 220 cubic metres of new concrete and 165 tonnes of new fabricated steelwork.

New contractors Laing O'Rourke, who also built Liverpool One and Alder Hey Children's Hospital, said they were working to finish the building "to the high standards required".

Control measures are already in place so that there are no immediate risks to workers in the building, project director Andy Thomson added.

Some of the cladding of the new hospital will be removed for access.