Hospital block's roof has leaked since it opened

HEALTH and Social Services has admitted that a hospital block, which houses three care units, has been leaking since it was opened nine years ago.

The ferns growing on the roof of one of the three blocks which make up La Corbinerie are a tell-tale sign of the leaking and damp problems in a building which is only nine years old. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1299338)
The ferns growing on the roof of one of the three blocks which make up La Corbinerie are a tell-tale sign of the leaking and damp problems in a building which is only nine years old. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1299338)

HEALTH and Social Services has admitted that a hospital block, which houses three care units, has been leaking since it was opened nine years ago.

The department said it was carrying out an extensive survey of La Corbinerie, which was only built in 2004.

However, it refused to be drawn on whether any rooms had been closed due to the problems.

The issue came to light after ferns, which grow well in damp, humid conditions, were spotted growing on the roof of the building,

‘Initially, the roofs of the three units were found to be leaking around the area of the high level roof ventilation/roof lights at the top of the ridges,’ the spokesman said.

Comments for: "Hospital block's roof has leaked since it opened"

milly

i thought the jerry builders left in 45.

becks

Now, is this an excuse to get rid of the magnificent oak tree that overhangs the roof?

If I`m wrong and the problem with the building is poor workmanship by the builders then the builders should be made to repair the roof to the correct standards. WHERE WERE THE BUILDING INSPECTORS DURING THIS CONTRACT?

Why wasn't this brought up and repaired before now if it was noticed so soon after the build?

I take it that the rooms have not been used because of the damp so why hasn`t the DHSS done something about it?

ANOTHER case of poor management?

bcb

Its most likely the ferns are causing the problem? why not try removing them as i`m sure the water will be travelling down the roots and into the roof.

islander

I am not surprised its leaking looking at the photograph.Built in a tree covered location with limited air circulation.algea covered slabs[dampness]Accumilation of leaves[lack of inspection and maintenance].

This is one of maybe many errors bringing in highly paid consultants.

Looking at the photo again it seems impossible to see that the roof has been allowed to get into this terrible state.

Who is the property manager responsible for this shambles?

Backchat

The States have always done very little or no maintenance on certain properties, its been like that for years,

the secondary schools are a prime example, it will be interesting to see how quickly the recently built ones fall into disrepair.

Rustylink

A superficial glance at the photo of the low lying roof suggests considerable neglect by management. Where in Guernsey can you leave vegetation to take root on a roof and not expect leaks?

DA

Looks like a case of a complete lack of general maintenance to me; As others have mentioned the location is obviously heavily shaded by trees especially when in leaf and most likely on the side of the building with the least sunlight.

Beanjar

More public money down the drain, nobody gives a damn.

John

Someone needs to get the lawnmower started.

Johno

DA

You are spot on with your lack of Maintenance comment

I had a couple of nights stay very recently and couldn't help but notice foot high weeds growing out of roof valleys and gutters. Surely the maintenance staff have spotted this, or is it the case that they can't be bothered?

Digger

look at the state of the whole building and surrounding area , do they have a property maintenance team ? If so what do they do ? Also the PEH is not much better the exterior is disgusting .

Johno

Just to correct my post I was talking about the PEH.

islander

There was no money allocated for the budgeting of unforseen problems of HSSD buildings.

This is a P R exercise for HSSD to go cap in hand for an increase in manpower to retify their overlooked errors.

Imagine the living soil bacteria in the roof spaces waiting to spread further into a very hygenic and sterlised hospital if not removed.

A.J.

Surely there can't be a maintenance team, or else the place would be spick and span, but then, how many other States properties are well maintained? Do they have maintenance teams?

Johno

AJ

The PEH does have a maintenance team.

Guern

Take a look at the A and E entrance in need of cleaning and the roof is the same, lack of maintenance, penny pinching by the old board, hopefully this one will start to put things right!