Hidden treasure at Mercy Hospital
Carpenters working to dismantle ceiling framing and expose the roof space of Mercy Hospital in Dunedin uncovered some interesting company history last week.
Concealed in a corner of the original hospital roof void above an old sarked working platform were two well-constructed and equally well used saw-horses.
When brought down for further inspection, the light of day revealed WH Naylor engraved on the leg braces. It would appear that the company plant, constructed in the last years before the 1969 merger between WH Naylor & Love Brothers that formed Naylor Love, has remained hidden in the roof void since the hospital was first built. This part of the original 64-bed, two theatre hospital opened in 1969.
Our current works at Mercy Hospital are a re-roof of the main hospital and envelope enhancements to the exterior, including repainting & double glazing. Internally, we’re demolishing, seismically strengthening and rebuilding the second-floor ward. Work is programmed for completion September 2021, with staged hand-overs to allow sectional access to the occupied ward floor below to complete hydraulic, drainage and passive fire works.
We’re proud to continue the shared heritage of Mercy Hospital and Naylor Love.