The Refurbishment of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

8 Sep 2020 - 12:00am

Our report sets out the key factors contributing to the significant increase in the cost of this project.

Following two asbestos-related incidents in 2010, work to refurbish Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital became more urgent.

The complex process of stripping asbestos and removing some 300,000 tonnes of contaminated waste from the site of a ‘live’ working hospital was successfully completed in 2019, only a few months later than planned, but at a cost of over £60 million more than the original budget.

What we found

As well as removing the asbestos from the hospital, the project has enhanced facilities that will provide patients and staff with a better experience and environment.

The new facilities include:

  • state-of-the-art operating theatres and departments;
  • a new emergency quarter;
  • new wards and the refurbishment of existing ones;
  • a new pathology department;
  • a new critical care unit;
  • refurbished x-ray and outpatient facilities; and
  • a new catering department.

Our report includes a timeline of key events as well as the key findings from the management of the asbestos removal and refurbishment works at the hospital.


The lessons learned by both the Health Board and the Welsh Government from this project are of relevance to all Welsh public bodies engaged in major capital programmes.

Adrian Crompton, Auditor General

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