‘Issues’ at £32m school

By Emily Pearce

Friday, December 28, 2012

 

‘Issues’ at £32m school

An outdoor area at the new Cowes Enterprise College.

A CATALOGUE of problems with the new Cowes Enterprise College building — including a leak in its bespoke 'green’ roof — has been compiled by independent experts and passed to contractor Pihl UK.

Architectural, mechanical and electrical experts commissioned by the IW Council to survey the £32m building found a number of significant issues, according to economy and environment director Stuart Love.

He said it was not yet known whether rainwater was leaking through the roof or whether it was caused by faulty pipework within the structure.

He said council officers had also examined the building on a room by room basis, to identify further problems, and the local authority was now working with Pihl UK in drawing up a timetable to address the outstanding issues.

"There is work that still needs to be done before we would consider the building complete, either work that is unfinished or defects, and I can’t say when that will be done by," Mr Love told the County Press.

"We have taken a very firm line in terms of issues that need looking at and now we are talking to the contractor about how to resolve them.

"Ultimately, our aim is to have a facility the children and community of Cowes deserve, and that a budget of £32m deserves."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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