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The Scillonian

Despite successfully undertaking complex survey work all over the UK, our Cornish heritage is something that we are very proud of as we were founded here; so when we were recently commissioned to carry out a survey to the passenger ferry that connects Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly we were delighted to assist.

The Scillonian passenger ferry service is based in Penzance and has been the Isles of Scilly’s lifeline for almost a century. Scillonian III the current ship was launched in 1977 and can carry 485 passengers.

Our surveyors have many years’ experience of working on ships so they are used to coming up against the challenges they present. For example the engine rooms can contain very tight spaces and are hot to work in.

The ferry service usually runs daily but it is currently in dry dock whilst maintenance and upgrade works take place. Our survey is supporting part of the maintenance works so we had to act quickly and efficiently to carry out the survey as it had to be done before any other contractors could move in and start work.

Annual maintenance is carried out every winter to ensure that it is kept in tip top condition. 2018 sees the addition of Wi-Fi for all passengers!

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West Cornwall Hospital- ADT Fire and Security

Allium were recently commissioned by ADT Fire and Security to carry out a refurbishment asbestos survey at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance.

West Cornwall Hospital facilitates 80 beds and is a busy acute diagnostic and treatment centre. It provides in-patient and day care treatments and surgery.

Allium were asked to conduct the survey to the hospital to aid the installation of a new fire alarm system to blocks 003,01, 002, 001a , 004 and 005.

Large amounts of planning by our Project Managers was required prior to the commencement of works as the site is a fully operational and working hospital.

Our lead surveyor on the project liaised with the warden on site and together they produced a program so that we could access the wards and theatres whilst un-occupied. As soon as we had completed the survey in a particular room patients were able to re-access and gain the treatment required.

Before Allium could mobilise on site all surveyors who were going to be working on site had to undergo an induction. Our surveyors had to watch a short video and complete a test. This induction was vital in the planning of the project as without this we wouldn’t have been able to even gain access to the site.

Allium worked very closely with ADT to ensure the programming of the job ran like clockwork. Allium had to begin in the blocks requested by ADT so that as soon as we had completed our surveys ADT’s contractors could quickly come in straight after us to begin their works.

Allium are proud to have worked with ADT on the project as they are the UK’s leading integrated alarm and security systems provider for homes and businesses.

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Young People Cornwall project

We were recently asked to support Kier Construction with a building refurbishment project in aid of Young People Cornwall.

In common with many of Kier’s supply chain we undertook our work, comprising in our case of a refurbishment asbestos survey to “The House” free of charge.

Run by qualified youth workers five days a week, “The House” is a hub for youth work in St Austell. There’s Young People Cornwall-led activities every day and a host of other sessions run by specific groups too. It’s free to join and open to all.

Whether it’s music, filmmaking, volunteering or just talking, the team at “The House” helps young people explore their interests, discover new passions and achieve new heights.

With a range of certificates and accreditations on offer, it’s more than just a safe, supportive place to hang out for young people – it could change their lives.

We are delighted to have been able to assist Kier with the refurbishment project to aid this extremely important charity organisation who aim to inspire young people to reach higher, get active in the community and get excited about shaping their own future, to readdress public perceptions of youth in St Austell and build a positive image of just what these young people are capable of.

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St. Austell Brewery appointment as Asbestos Consultants

We are delighted to announce that following the preparation of a comprehensive service level agreement and bid document, Allium Environmental have been chosen as single supplier for asbestos consultancy by St. Austell Brewery.

Founded in 1851, St Austell Brewery is known to be one of the oldest businesses in Cornwall and is one of only 30 independently family owned brewers in the UK brewing beers such as Tribute, Proper Job and Korev Lager. The Company owns 174 pubs throughout Cornwall, Devon & Somerset.

Services will include a complete review of existing asbestos data held by the company, survey updates and re-inspections of the Brewery and its public houses to produce an up to date asbestos register and management plan.

The brewery will access their asbestos information via the Allium Alpha Tracker Client portal, a powerful asbestos management tool, ideally suited to dealing with multiple site estates and used by amongst others the National Trust and South West Water.

Allium will specify, tender and project manage all remedial work required on behalf of the Brewery.

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Derry’s Cross, Plymouth – asbestos surveying and project management services

Allium Environmental Ltd were recently commissioned to undertake an asbestos refurbishment survey of the former Derry’s Department Store in Plymouth.

The store closed in 2010 and the building has been mostly empty since then. The building is currently under conversion to create a mixed use scheme including a 500 bed student accommodation centre, restaurants and a hotel.

The survey has revealed a host of asbestos containing materials which are now being removed on a phased basis to allow soft stripping to commence. In order to ensure the safe removal of asbestos and to protect the construction workforce and end users of the building we have also been appointed to undertake the project management of the asbestos removal and remediation work.

Allium are now working closely with the Client’s chosen licensed asbestos removal contractor to advise on asbestos removal techniques, and audit on-going removal works.