Middlemore Hospital

PHOTO: Repair work to cladding at Middlemore Hospital has soared. Photo credit: Google maps

The cost of recladding the outside of leaky hospital buildings in South Auckland has jumped to more than $60m.

Leaks were identified in 2010 but not fixed at Middlemore Hospital and Manukau Health Centre.

In 2017 it was estimated six major clinical buildings would need $40m to make them weathertight.


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But already just two of those buildings are set to soak up $62.5m.

That is split between the Scott building ($27.5m) and Manukau Elective Surgical Hospital ($35m).

The Scott is 60 percent complete and due to be finished next year, with the reclad at Manukau due to begin next year.

The reclad at Scott has been described as “in many ways unique”, “testing” and “risky” because it has continued to function with patients remaining inside its 11 wards and coronary care unit while rotten wooden framing is being removed and cladding replaced.