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Call for reassurances on hospital fire safety problems

Published Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A senior councillor is calling on Skanska to provide reassurances following the news that the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire has insufficient fire protection.

Cllr Damian Gannon, Chair of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Coventry City Council has written to the company to express his concern and disappointment regarding the news that when the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire was built  insufficient fire protection was installed in the building.

He said: “It is paramount that the public have a hospital building which is safe and fit for purpose and that they have confidence that this is the case.

“Many people I have spoken to are really concerned especially given the cost to the tax payer of the hospital build.”

Cllr Gannon’s letter calls on project development and construction company, Skanska, to provide assurances that they are not investigating or are aware of any other fundamental issues with the construction of the building which will require remedial actions

He is also asking them to explain how they are working with UHCW to address the issue and how the remedial work is being funded.

Cllr Gannon said: “I will await their response with interest. If further issues do arise, I will be requesting Skanska to attend the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee to explain the shortcomings with the hospital building and progress with the remedial work.”

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