Managing the safe removal of asbestos from a school boiler house while minimising risk and disruption to students and staff.
4Sight was engaged to survey, manage and oversee the removal of bulk asbestos containing building materials to enable a boiler house to be redeveloped in a Christchurch secondary school. This project formed part of the Government’s Christchurch Schools Rebuild (CSR) programme.
The Environmental Services team conducted a comprehensive demolition survey to understand the distribution of asbestos throughout the boiler house. The survey found materials containing asbestos to be throughout the building, which needed to be removed internally and externally prior to demolishing the boiler and chimneys. The materials included: dust containing asbestos on all interior surfaces and elevations; lagging, textile rope and gaskets to pipework and chimneys; insulating board panels to interior walls; and cement sheet cladding, textured coating to bricks and the mastic to external surfaces.
4Sight worked closely with the specialist asbestos removal contractor, validating materials containing asbestos and ensuring they were removed in the most efficient way possible. We provided ongoing consultation to the client, daily air monitoring and oversight during the asbestos removal to ensure minimum service disruption to the running of the school and mitigate any risk to the school users. As a result, the work areas were released back to the school as quickly as possible and works on redeveloping the boiler house could continue on time.