Dan­ger­ous cladding stripped from PA


WORK to re­move dan­ger­ous cladding be­gan at Bris­bane’s Princess Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

The com­bustible build­ing prod­uct was re­moved from en­try and exit points at the Wool­loongabba site.

Work to in­stall re­place­ment board­ing will con­tinue over the week­end.

Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick said ac­cess to the hos­pi­tal would be af­fected by the works and al­ter­nate en­try points were in place.

“Re­mov­ing cladding from the build­ing has been our pri­or­ity ahead of a re­place­ment process,” Mr Dick said.

“The Princess Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal has al­ter­na­tive pa­tient drop-off points, pedes­trian de­tour routes and staff drop-off zones clearly marked dur­ing this time.

“The safety of pa­tients, staff and vis­i­tors is al­ways our top pri­or­ity,” the min­is­ter said.

More than 20,000sq m of com­bustible cladding was used on the hos­pi­tal.

It was dis­cov­ered to be un­safe in July, after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and test­ing by the Pub­lic Works Depart­ment fol­low­ing Lon­don’s deadly Gren­fell Tower fire in June.

Ex­tra pre­cau­tions to en­sure the safety of staff and pa­tients have been in place since July.

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