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Question reference: S6W-25494

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 12 February 2024
  • Current status: Answered by Neil Gray on 1 March 2024


To ask the Scottish Government when any defects in the cladding of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow were first identified.


In February 2021 Brookfield Multiplex advised NHSGGC that they had concerns regarding the suitability of the wall linings installed in the atrium of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. Intrusive surveys were immediately commissioned by NHSGGC that confirmed the installation of ACM polyethylene products which do not comply with current Building Control standards. It is the boards position that the wall linings installed did not meet the contract requirements and this is the subject of an ongoing legal action.

NHSGGC followed a Fire Risk Assessment process immediately after being notified of the concerns with the wall linings in the atrium. This process identified mitigation measures that were implemented from February 2021 to manage any potential fire risk generated by the presence of unsuitable wall linings.

A Full Business Case for replacement of the internal wall linings was approved in November 2022 with the works commencing in the same month and will be fully complete in 2027.