Refurbishment and demolition surveys for non-domestic & domestic premises

Refurbishment/Demolition surveys are a regulatory requirement for all non-domestic premises or domestic premises undergoing major works/demolition. The survey is intrusive and ensures that no-one will be exposed to Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) when working on these properties.

As Asbestos Containing Material was used in a significant range of building materials, demolishing or refurbishing buildings constructed prior to 2000 has a high chance of producing Asbestos Containing Material, which is dangerous if breathed in. In particular, asbestos can cause serious and fatal illnesses if inhaled, including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, due to the extremely small and sharp particles of fibre that are produced when materials containing it are pulverised/disturbed.

Construction projects

Refurbishment/Demolition surveys are necessary before construction projects unless you can absolutely confirm that there’s no asbestos in a building (i.e it was built after 2000). Any building built before 2000 is required by law to be surveyed for asbestos before carrying out any works. This can include works as small as decorating/replacing light fittings and as large as a full or partial demolition.

These surveys will ensure that any Asbestos Containing Materials present in the building (as far as is realistically practicable) are noted and accounted for, potentially involving intrusive measures to gain access to normally inaccessible areas. Alpha Surveys provide full technical staff for these surveys.

What to expect

The survey typically involves intrusive inspection and the potential for asbestos disturbance requiring the survey area to be unoccupied other than the surveyors. Surveyors will need to understand the level of refurbishment so, building plans, specifications/architect’s drawings and any history of asbestos work in the building will be essential for planning the survey. Access to keys/other support and an identification of potential site hazards are critical prior to the survey. Reports will specify whether surveys are for planned Refurbishment or Demolition.

Once the survey has been completed, the surveyors will produce a report stating the location, presence and extent of asbestos material. Asbestos Containing Materials may generate loose materials and debris that can pose a risk so the report will also identify debris/contamination of areas.

Alpha Surveys provide fully qualified and trained specialists for Refurbishment/Demolition Surveys, able to individually assess the risks of a project and develop a decisive planning process prior to the survey and communicate clear guidance on the action required within current regulation following completion of the survey.. We aim to make the process as affordable and effective as possible. Contact us today for more information about building Refurbishment/demolition Surveys in Kent, London and across the South East.

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