Global Environmental has completed two days of invasive and intensive surveys for their new client the State Bank of India following a competitive tender earlier in the year. Introduction to the Bank came via David Macdonald, Director at Vivente Build which sources design and build contracting services for their clients.
The surveys were required for the purposes of full refurbishment programmes of two of the Bank’s branches in London – Hounslow and Ilford – following a fresh retail concept the Bank is currently implementing. Time constraints to meet a Financial Regulatory requirement means that both branches must be fully open and functional no later than 30 September 2015.
Global Environmental’s reputation and quality of work in the commercial property sector helped win the business as well as its efficient methods of working. Following removal of samples from areas suspected of containing asbestos, floor plans were annotated by the surveyor on-site, uploaded to the server and reported back to the client for the next stage of work to commence.
The samples taken have now been analysed and appropriate action taken to remove asbestos from affected areas to enable the eight-week construction programme to start no later than 3 August.
Global anticipates that further opportunities to work with the State Bank of India will be available as the new retail concept is rolled out across the Group.
Global Environmental have started work on a 12-month contract to provide asbestos surveys to support social housing refurbishments in Harlow. This follows a successful tender submitted earlier this year to partner with building contractor, Mulalley.
The UK contractor which specialises in the refurbishment and maintenance of affordable housing invited Global to tender for a programme of asbestos surveys across kitchen and bathroom home improvement schemes in Harlow, Essex as part of an eight-year refurbishment project.
“This is an area of work in which we are very experienced,” said Operations Manager, Paul Phillips. “Our team of surveyors will be able to work through the properties efficiently and effectively but obviously subsequent work will be dependent upon what we find there.”
“I understand that two more full-scale schemes will be released in September as the programme goes into full swing and that will increase our survey quota considerably. The long-term success of these working relationships relies on a collaborative approach and is something we are very determined to make work.”
Global Environmental has previously provided asbestos management for social housing in Harlow via contractor Keepmoat.
A bespoke seminar at LHC took on the challenges that occur when managing asbestos in social housing
Global Environmental teamed up with removals contractor Clifford Devlin on 19 March to deliver a bespoke seminar at LHC in Uxbridge on the specific issues and challenges that occur when managing asbestos during the maintenance and refurbishment of social housing.
Global Environmental has started 2015 with an asbestos management awareness campaign aimed at schools, reminding head teachers of their responsibilities when it comes to assessments and management plans for asbestos in their school buildings.
A new content-rich website and twitter account have been launched by Global Environmental. The new website www.globalenvironmental.co.uk offers the property and construction sectors information on compliance and sustainability in the built environment.
Asbestos consultancy, Global Environmental, has published a handbook to assist schools in managing asbestos. The handy, 24-page A5 booklet is an ‘idiots guide-style’ which clarifies the responsibilities for managing asbestos in schools as well as a set-by-step guide on how to assess the risks and what to do if suspected asbestos is encountered. Written in plain English, the reference booklet explains:
Global Environmental has appointed Paul Phillips as the new Operations Manager. Paul has been working in the asbestos sector since 2003 and has extensive experience and qualifications in all the disciplines involved in asbestos management for major blue-chip, retail and public sector clients.
Global Environmental has been awarded certification against ISO 17020, the standard of competence for inspection bodies by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The announcement follows a through independent audit of Global’s systems and capabilities by UKAS.