Asbestos Project Case Studies

G&L Consultancy carries out varied asbestos management work for a large number of clients across many sectors. Find out more about the projects we completed this year below.

Analytical support following the discovery of rare, naturally occurring asbestos in a quarry in South Wicklow.

Asbestos Project Case StudiesIn the spring of 2016, G&L Consultancy Ltd were asked to provide analytical support during asbestos abatement work at a number of building sites across Co Wicklow.

Ballinclare Quarry in south Wicklow was closed after testing found the presence of naturally occurring asbestos in the stone it produces. The asbestos found was Actinolite – one of the rarer asbestos fibre types. This was a first for us. It is commonly known that asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral found in metamorphic rock; however, this was on our own doorstep!

Analytical support during the removal of asbestos insulating board on the Byford Dolphin Oil Rig, Belfast.

Asbestos Project Case StudiesG&L Consultancy Ltd were asked to provide analytical support during the removal of asbestos insulating board on this impressive oil rig.

In dry dock, we undertook the full range of analytical support, working within very strict health and safety conditions.  Working within confined spaces, with numerous contractors within the same vicinity, we needed to be very flexible in delivering the service.

Refurbishment asbestos survey carried out at Craigavon Area Hospital – Medical Records Extension.

Asbestos Project Case StudiesThis asbestos project is a typical example of careful survey planning, which can be frustrating for our clients who want to ‘get on with it’ – but it ensures the right outcome is achieved.

This extension, on the surface, only directly affected one wall of a corridor leading to the main reception.  However, the true reality of the survey was that it affected the basement area, ground floor, first floor, and a roof top plantroom.  Careful planning was carried out and documented from the outset within the scope of survey document and the report itself to ensure that all areas and services that needed to be surveyed – were surveyed.  The usual challenges of working within a hospital environment presented themselves, especially near the main entrance which was often very busy!

Analytical support during the removal of Galbestos external wall cladding panels from Ballylumford 275KV Power Station.

Asbestos Project Case StudiesWe were lucky enough to work on this asbestos project during the summer rather than the winter!

This is a very exposed part of Northern Ireland, and a testament to the weather resistance of the Galbestos metal wall panels which have been in situ for over 30 years.  This work was weather dependent, and working at height in this environment was only possible when winds were low.  Weather worn Galbestos sheeting can cause significant amounts of debris if uncontrolled.  Our principal role for our client was to ensure that the panels were removed carefully in a controlled fashion and any flakes / debris was immediately dealt with.

Analytical support following extensive fire damage to the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter.

In November 2016, G & L Consultancy Ltd were asked to provide analytical support during the remediation and part demolition of The Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter.

Following a severe fire at the Grade II listed The Royal Clarence Hotel ( the oldest registered hotel in England); G & L Consultancy Ltd were employed to conduct perimeter air monitoring around the site (because of its location in the centre of Exeter) whilst the building was partially demolished. Personal air sampling was also conducted on the demolition operatives whilst they worked from crane baskets picking through the rubble to dispose of asbestos containing materials. Normally a project of this nature, would be fairly straight forward, but given the buildings listed status, the process is taking a lot longer in order to preserve as much of the original features as possible.