We have experience of surveying and project managing asbestos remediation in municipal properties in London – most recently at Grade II-listed Poplar Baths in 2013 for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Key issues included working around heritage features and again, occupied premises.
A series of management surveys of libraries and museums for Hounslow Borough Council in 2011 involved surveying six libraries and Gunnersbury Park Museum, which was carried out to support and maintain the Council’s municipal asbestos management plan.
Our survey team was vetted before receiving access passes. The buildings needed to remain fully occupied throughout which required a degree of discretion, extensive liaison with the various Premises Managers to plan our survey schedule and set-up restricted access areas (to allow us to take samples) while minimising disruption to the occupants. During the survey of the Museum we identified extensive asbestos contamination of artefacts; we sealed the area off and arranged for an emergency environmental clean followed by air testing and a certificate of re-occupation before visitors were allowed to return.