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asbestos and demolitions?

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Monday 21 July 2003 1.31pm
I note that the huge St Christopher's site on Southwark Street is being pulled down - lots of noise and dust etc..

I wonder to what extent Asbestos (that 'wonder material' of the fifties and sixties) is part of the fabric of that old office block?

Can anyone advise as to whether they remove it all before knocking everything down or is it just a health hazard that we (and the site crew) have to put up with?
Monday 21 July 2003 9.07pm
legally an aspestos survey has to be carried out as part of the pre contract procedures. It is part of Health and Safety or COSHH regulations, I can't remember which. It means that before a contractor is appointed the presence of asbestos has been searched out by an independant consultant, and its disposal will have been made by a specialist firm. If asbestos is found while demolition is taking place by the general contractor, work will stop until it is removed properly, - it is an ideal opportunity for the main contractor to gain extra time to the contract ( and hence a claim for additional overheads and profit ) so it is rarely abused

It is extremely likely that St Christopers House will have asbestos - pipe lagging, and fire protection being likely uses. It is unlikely to be casually dealt with as it is such a common issue
Tuesday 22 July 2003 11.21am

Thanks. That has set my mind at rest.

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