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DETR seeks £1M for new HQ repairs

FAILURE OF the heating and ventilation system at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions' new state of the art headquarters in London caused nearly £1M of damage, according to a report published this week.

Breakdowns in the building's environmental control system led to flooding which caused a power failure and led to a partial evacuation of the building.

DETR Permanent Secretary Sir Andrew Turnbull said the cost of repairs would come 'close to seven figures'.

Details of the costs emerged this week in the House of Commons Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs Committee's review of the DETR's annual report. DETR is locked in dispute with landlord Land Securities and contractor Mowlem over who will pay.

Two leaks in April and May of 1997 - shortly after DETR's £100M move to Eland House near London's Victoria Station damaged electrical plant and equipment .

At the time Mowlem was fitting out the building, owned by developer Land Securities.

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