Hospital replaces 1100 faulty windows

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 05/06/2014

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More than 1000 windows at Southland Hospital have been replaced because of faulty glazing.

Southern District Health Board facilities and site development manager Warren Taylor said 1100 windows were replaced in the clinical services building.

The windows were replaced because the glazing system was faulty and compromised water proofing and insulation properties, he said.

The fault, which was noticed by the hospital, had also been confirmed on other sites across the country, Taylor said.

Pilkington Glass supplied the windows but they had since been bought out by Viridian Glass, which agreed to replace all of the windows.

Viridian then contracted Southland Glass to install the new windows.

The job, which took about six weeks, was done under warranty and completed at the end of last month.

Meanwhile, the district health board will today discuss a request to allocate up to $1.75 million to carry out repairs to the Dunedin Hospital clinical services building.

The funding request will be discussed in a public excluded section of the board meeting.

There had been an increase in leaks and risk to the clinical environment, the report says.

The exterior windows in the building were beyond their usable life and there were no parts or retrofits available and options would need to be investigated, the report says.

About $78,000 of remedial work was already under way.

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