Lendlease sued for £140m over ‘defective’ NHS hospital

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Lendlease is facing claims by Northumbria NHS Trust that the exigency infirmary it built has aggregate fire-safety defects, outer partition weaknesses, and mechanical and electrical services (M&E) problems.

Balfour Beatty’s M&E arm, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, is 1 of six different operation firms progressive successful the quality implicit the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

Lendlease appointed Kilpatrick to present M&E works to the tract successful Cramlington. In total, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust is suing for £140m successful liabilities.

The NHS spot alleged that truthful overmuch remedial enactment was needed to benignant retired the building’s defects that it had to conception a four-storey gathering wherever it could temporarily determination portion the enactment was taking place. A full of £73m of the £140m cookware claimed by the spot relates to the operation of that building.

Lendlease faces accusations that determination are defects to fire-protection facilities astatine the site, outer partition defects linked to occurrence absorption and structural stability, and extortion defects. The NHS spot besides elaborate defects regarding the drainage system, the M&E enactment and flooring, too pipework issues.

Lendlease is attempting to walk connected liability for the defects to 8 abstracted subcontractors, including Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick faces liabilities astir passive fire-protection defects, including occurrence doors and fire-stopping, and the outer partition defects.

The defendants person already agreed settlements either successful penning oregon successful rule surrounding the defects successful the roof, pipework and M&E works.

Lendlease was appointed to present the infirmary successful July 2014, connected a £70m contract.

Justice O’Farrell of the Technology and Construction Court yesterday acceptable a commencement day for the High Court proceeding of 24 October. It was delayed for a 3rd clip to springiness adept witnesses clip to inspect the gathering and study backmost to the court. The proceedings is expected to past 10 weeks.

Construction News approached Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, Lendlease and Balfour Beatty for comment.