Cladding from Princess Alexandra Hospital to be removed and replaced

Cladding on the Princess Alexandra Hospital will be removed and replaced after a building façade test in Melbourne has been completed.

According to Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni, the findings of the façade confirms preliminary testing undertaken by the Non-Conforming Building Products Taskforce.

“In accordance with the procedures established by our Taskforce, a façade test was arranged and observed by taskforce representatives including Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel and an independent fire engineer,” he said.

“It is clear from the façade test that the cladding should be removed and this process of removal will commence in coming days.

Mr de Brenni said the hospital will continue to operate safely and provide important health care services for the people of Queensland.

Removing the cladding is the sensible thing to do. It’s an investment in the long-term future of the hospital and it means that we’re achieving the highest possible level of safety.”

Work is expected to commence within four weeks.

“We will begin removing cladding from the building as the priority step, ahead of a replacement process,” said Mr de Brenni.

“I am advised that the total time for the entire process of removal and replacement is forecast to take up to 18 months.

“Our approach will ensure that the operational performance of the hospital is maintained throughout the process.

“We have been very clear that our number one priority is to ensure the highest possible level of safety for patients, staff and their families. At all stages, we will be guided by the key principle that people are first priority.

“While we will be diligent in executing our building contracts, it will be safety rather than cost that will continue to be our number one consideration.”

Mr de Brenni assured every one of the government’s commitment in responding to the risk of nonconforming products, with the new Chain of Responsibility laws passing Parliament in the sitting.

“Queensland will be the only jurisdiction in the country where a building regulator has the power to prevent these products coming onto new building sites,” he said.

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