'Collapsed construction giant Carillion botched Liverpool's new hospital so badly that experts must now strip out entire floors to insert hundreds of tons of extra steel and concrete to stop it falling down.
The project to build the new £429million Royal Liverpool University Hospital stalled overnight when the building firm went under in January last year.
But when surveyors were brought into assess the build they uncovered a host of problems, including cracked concrete posts and unsafe cladding, which does not meet fire regulations, on the exterior.
Health bosses estimated that it would cost another £100million of taxpayers' cash to put the problems right and the 646-bed hospital would not open until 2020 – a staggering three years late.
But new details about the defects, issued yesterday by contractor Laing O'Rourke, which has been drafted in to solve the crisis, make grim reading for patients in the city.
Although they have refused to put a figure on the extra costs or set a deadline for the works to finish, sources have told the Mail it is likely the expense could double to £200million, and it could be three years before the hospital opens to the public.
'It's a total mess,' the source said. 'It's so difficult to rectify because, with a hospital, all the fittings are highly complex – there's likely to be oxygen pipes, ventilation systems, electrics and all the other usual services already in that will have to be pulled out to get back to the shell of the building for the new steel and concrete to go in.'
Read more: Sickening: Health bosses face £100 million repair bill for new hospital after collapsed construction giant Carillion botched building work
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