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Middlemore Hospital leaky building costs double

14 May 2019 Radio New Zealand - Morning Report

The cost estimate for fixing leaky buildings at Middlemore Hospital has doubled. But at other hospitals facing billions in bills to upgrade old wards and operating theatres, there is one bright note – construction cost inflation is easing.

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Counties Manukau DHB insists it’s not facing a cost blowout – but that’s because it’s really not sure what the costs will be, despite knowing about the leaks since 2010.

A wildcard is the Government’s new push to favour quality builds over the lowest tender. Steve Gracey who heads the estimating firm Rider Levett Bucknall has experience of the type of rising costs Middlemore faces.

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