Leaky roof at uni building

The University of Otago’s beleaguered Plaza Building has sprung a leak.

The roof over the courts at the Unipol Recreation Centre was known to leak sometimes during heavy rainfall, although it was not known if the problem recurred during heavy rainfall this week.

Otago property services division director Dean Macaulay said the university had tried to stop the leaks.

"When they happen, the relevant area is cordoned off," Mr Macaulay said.

Measures taken to prevent the leaks includes resetting flashings and maintaining the roof more frequently, and a comprehensive management plan had been designed to respond to heavy rain.

That included training staff to deal with leaks and inspect any relevant areas during and after heavy rain.

The university had been looking into the cause of the leaks and potential solutions, Mr Macaulay said.

The $42million University Plaza Building has had structure issues before, and in 2020 the Oamaru stone of its northern facade was removed and replaced with terracotta tiles.

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