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Head Office Re-location

In order to better support our regional operations and to facilitate the continued growth of the business Allium Environmental Ltd are pleased to announce the relocation of our Head Office to Baldhu House, Wheal Jane Earth Science Park, Baldhu, Truro, TR3 6EH

Incorporating offices, meeting rooms and a training suite, Baldhu House a modern, energy efficient building situated on the Science Park will allow us to increase our Head Office compliment in an environmentally friendly facility which fits the ethos of our business, surrounded by other technical consultants and blessed with wonderful country views.

The light and airy office spaces provide an enhanced working environment for our staff and the opportunity to host client meetings and seminars in a purpose built facility.

We hope you’ll be able to visit us in the near future.

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Meet the Team member – Sarah Menhenitt

Sarah Menhenitt has been with Allium right from the launch of the business; utilising her keen eye for detail, fantastic customer service skills and tireless work ethic she has been pivotal in the success of our social housing surveying division.

Social housing surveying is fast paced requiring the maintenance of strict key performance indicators to satisfy landlords, whilst always remembering that you are dealing with lay persons and surveying in their homes. A flexible approach to booking in projects around the working lives of the occupying tenants is the key to success and the ability to quickly turn around surveys in void properties ensures that homes are not left empty for extended periods.

Sarah is also studying for her AAT Level 3 qualifications at present and as part of her career progression within the business she is taking a more arm’s length role overseeing the social housing surveying operation and moving to join Nicki Hawkins in the Accounts team.

When asked about Allium, Sarah says:

I have thoroughly enjoyed running some of the business’ Key accounts over the past two and a half years but have always wanted to work in accounts. The Directors and Managers at Allium have been very supportive in my career progression, they recognised my commitment to the business and were impressed that I was studying for my accounting exams off my own back. Allium is a great place to work and they try to promote staff from within wherever possible which really gives you something to work towards.

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Allium survey iconic 1960’s HQ Building

Teams of Allium surveyors have been undertaking refurbishment surveys to the massive, former Bird’s Eye Headquarters, in Walton on Thames, Surrey.

The building was designed by Sir John Burnet, Tait and Partners and constructed in 1961-2. The design allowed for an added fourth storey, which the company wanted. However, it was not given planning permission, and instead, in 1967-68 the building was extended by a small addition in similar style, reached via a glazed link.

The building reflected the 1960s predilection for geometric op-art forms in the design of its curtain walling which is enhanced by the reflective pool running the length of the building. As was the trend at the time it incorporates works of art into the design as part of the aesthetic and as a symbol of the company. The building is Grade II listed and work will commence shortly on conversion to residential use.

The building which has been closed for many years has been extensively used as a filming location and is featured in the hit series “24”, starring Kiefer Sutherland and the Kray Twins biopic “Legend”, starring Tom Hardy.

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Post Implementation Review of CAR 2012 Published

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 were introduced in response to a complaint made to the European Commission the Britain had under implemented the requirements of Article 3 of Directive 2003/18/EC, designed to strengthen protection for maintenance workers. As a result of this CAR 2012 subsequently made the changes required to comply whilst avoiding inappropriately extending the application of the UK requirement to hold a licence to short term low risk work.

In March 2017 HSE published its Post Implementation Review of CAR 2012 which seeks to document the effectiveness of the changes made to the Regulations and suggests further actions for the future.

In brief the review concludes that based on the collective research supporting the PIR the Government considers that the Regulations are achieving their intended objectives and that those objectives remain valid and that Government intervention by regulation is still required and remains the most effective way to control the risks of exposure to asbestos.

There are areas where the recommendations from the PIR can be taken forward to provide greater clarity for dutyholders and potentially reduce the burden on business:

  • Greater clarity is needed around the distinction between licensable, non-licensable and notifiable work with asbestos
  • Clearer Information is needed on dutyholders’ roles and responsibilities around duty to manage asbestos in nondomestic premises
  • Greater guidance should be given around practical examples of written plans of work
  • Alignment of frequencies for medical examinations for licensable and notifiable work

So we should some expect some further guidance and changes in the future.

A copy of the PIR can be downloaded here.

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Meet the Team member – Charley York

Meet the Team member – Charley York

This month we would like to introduce Charley York; Charley joined us in March and heads up our booking team. Charley co-ordinates enquiries and issues our quotations, once accepted her team then allocates a suitable surveyor and schedules your survey in our Tracker system.

Charley previously worked for a competitor in the Midlands and fully understands the challenges and rewards of providing a reactive service to all our customers. She will cheerfully look after your project from enquiry to booking when it’s handed over to the surveying teams.

Charley says:

Having previously lived in the Midlands, the move to Allium’s Head Office in the Westcountry has been an amazing adventure. My experience in the Industry has enabled me to quickly fit into the team and I hope I have brought some new ideas and improvements to the already slick booking process.

From taking enquiries, to liaising with the estimators and allocating survey slots in a very busy diary there is always plenty to do here and I really enjoy the buzz of the office.

Living in this part of the country is fantastic; I’m making sure to spend as much free time as possible walking my dog on the beaches and taking in the fabulous scenery.