Thursday, August 25, 2005

Works at new Hospital to correct sewage defect

Work is being carried out in the basement of St Bernard’s Hospital to correct a ‘defect’ and increase the flow capacity of the building’s sewage pipes.

Patients have complained about the noise and vibrations generated by the machinery being used in the job, which started last week.

But the government said yesterday that the work was “necessary” and had to be carried out within the hospital’s “defects and liability period”, during which time the contractor is still liable for the expense of the project.

“The work being carried out is to correct a defect noticed during the defects and liability period for the building,” a spokesman for No. 6 Convent Place said in a written response to questions from the Chronicle.

“This defect was not anticipated during the construction phase.”

The government did not go into detail on the nature of the ‘defect’ but the Chronicle understands that it centres on the existing sewage pipes, which have proved insufficient to cope with the amount of waste produced by the hospital.

The work involves “concrete cutting” but this should be complete by the end of the week, the government’s written response said.

“The result will be an increase in the flow rate for water effluent from the building,” it added.

“The Government regrets any inconvenience caused to patients and users of St Bernard’s Hospital by the higher noise levels.

At the same time it would be irresponsible of Government not to have these necessary works carried out during the defects liability period, at the expense of the contractor.”

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