A building at Royal Berkshire Hospital is “in urgent need of repair”, with the roof beginning to leak.

Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has submitted plans to fix the roof at the Old Library.

The Old Library is part of the Royal Berkshire site and is Grade II listed.

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The trust said of the plans: “The current state of the roof is in urgent need of repair as it has begun to leak due to natural weathering and may damage the historic fabric.

The repairs to the old library will not have any impact on the services the hospital provides to patients, a spokesman for the trust added.

Most recently the room has been used for occasional meetings but, due to members of staff working from home during lockdown, this has not had an impact on hospital services.

The proposal is to replace the Welsh slate and leadwork, maintaining the same arrangement of layout and pitch and with like-for-like materials to maintain the character of the building.

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The trust added: “The interior will be surveyed once the leaks are repaired to check for any internal damage and repairs undertaken if required. “