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13Jan94 UK: MYSTERY OF 'BARE' WIRES FOUND IN LIBRARY.

More than 1,000 miles of electrical wiring may be defective in the ill-fated British Library, the Department of National Heritage has admitted.The DNH has called in experts from consultant Kennedy and Donkin to determine what has gone wrong.The £450 million project at St Pancras in London has been bedevilled by problems for the past decade. It was originally due to open in the late 1980s, but will not be in use until 1996 at the earliest.A spokesman for the DNH said: 'There are problems with the wiring which came to light last summer. The cable concerned is low voltage and used for lighting.'Insulation has been scraped or stripped off revealing the bare copper in metal trunking. The damage appears to be due to the method employed to install the wiring, pulling it through trunking with exposed metal edges. We do not yet know the extent of the problem.'The wiring was installed by Balfour Kilpatrick.A company spokeswoman said: 'We understand there is a problem but we were not responsible for the design, only the installation. We can't say anything until we know how the problem arose.'Project manager for the Library is TBV. CONSTRUCTION NEWS