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Hospital slips 10 months behind schedule


A LANDMARK £60 million hospital project in London has suffered a series of delays in the latter stages of construction and fit-out that have left it up to 10 months behind schedule.

The Evelina Children's Hospital, sited in full view of the Houses of Parliament and lauded for its ground-breaking design, has seen deadlines steadily slip from the August completion date expected at the beginning of the year to the current forecast of spring 2005.

Documents reveal that the client, Guys and St Thomas'Hospital Trust, has been sufficiently concerned to call a series of urgent high-level meetings with main contractor Gleeson.

The client wants to establish that it is not liable for the costs of delays and would be able to call on liquidated damages as necessary.

Site sources said that last-minute design changes had hindered the M&E and fit-out stages and that glazing, expected to be finished last year, would not complete until next month.