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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 926

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter for Works upon notice:

(1)   Who were the contractors responsible for the construction of the roof of the KingsfordSmith International airport.

(2)   Is the Minister satisfied with the quality of the workmanship and adherence to job specifications on the completion of the project; if so, why does rainwater flood sections of the terminal from time to time.

(3)   Is any claim for damages against the contractors contemplated.

Senator WRIGHT - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Costain (Australia) Pty Ltd, the main contractors for the Terminal Building were responsible for the roof construction.

(2)   The Building contract is now finalised following the normal maintenance period allowed to make good any defects in construction. Rainwater has entered the building for the following reasons:

(a)   The roof drainage system has been blocked by loose debris in the downpipes and arrangements have been made for constant attention to be paid to the clearance of these outlets.

(b)   Under extremely intense rainfall, the capacity of the roof guttering has been taxed and additional overflow outlets have had to be provided. This work has been completed.

(c)   Under extreme conditions of galeforce winds combined with torrential rain (conditions which often occur in this exposed location) the seals around the windows to the Concourse have allowed water penetration. Work to rectify this problem is currently under way.

(3)   There is no action contemplated against the contractor with regard to the matter in question.

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