Noise control, winter weather, and not spending too much on
an old building are among challenges in the patch-up of
Dunedin Hospital's leaking clinical services building.
The Southern District Health Board approved a $1.75 million
job last Thursday to repair the seven-storey building.
Facilities and site development manager Warren Taylor said it
was crucial not to spend too much on a building facing the
end of its useful life.
The block, commissioned in 1967, was not configured for
modern health services and was unlikely to be part of a new
hospital, Mr Taylor said.
A rebuilt hospital is likely to be about seven years away.
Some parts of the job were started before last Thursday's
official approval at the full board meeting in Dunedin.
Construction team leader Andy Syme said much of the drilling
would take place on Saturdays to reduce the effects of noise
on surgery and other services.
There were possible privacy issues concerning the
scaffolding, which would be worked through with health
Yesterday, Accurate Cutting worker Callum Fissenden was
cutting a chase for seal work in chilly conditions on the
leaking sixth floor parapet.
Working in the winter months was one of the challenges of the
The board did not have the ''luxury'' of waiting until the
Mr Syme said that despite the shorter days in winter,
Dunedin's weather was often more settled in winter than in
The team had to work ''slightly outside of the square'' to
fit the hospital's needs, Mr Syme said.
An example was the roofing membrane to be placed on the sixth
floor parapet, which would be fixed manually, rather than
using solvents that could enter air vents.
The parapet was directly above sterile surgical stores, and a
corridor outside the surgical operating theatre.