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Warm Welcome

As part of our continued expansion we are delighted to welcome two further new staff members this month.

Charley York

Due to the large volume of commercial work that we have been successful in securing we have appointed an additional Asbestos Operations Co-ordinator, Charley York to work alongside Victoria Richards.

Charley has previously worked for an asbestos Consultancy in the North East and brings a wealth of organisational skills and asbestos experience.

Charley or Victoria will be delighted to assist you with any enquiry.

Evie Hidderley

In support of our strategic growth plan we have appointed Evie Hidderley as Business Development Co-ordinator. Evie’s enthusiasm and determination to chase down opportunities will undoubtedly be pivotal in our expansion plans.

With her strong work ethic and dedication to ensure customer satisfaction; she can’t wait to build on existing customer relationships and strive to forge new ones for the future.

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It’s a whole two years since we bought the Consultancy!

Since we started our business two years ago we have achieved some great things, we’re delighted to look back over our second year of trading and report that we’ve:

  • Completed over 7000 asbestos surveys using our electronic survey system, Alpha Tracker.
  • Increased our service areas, completing surveys throughout the UK.
  • Increased our client base, supporting more businesses than ever before.
  • Undertaken our first international project way down on the Falkland Islands.
  • Employed 15 new staff members across all departments.
  • Replaced 90% of our fleet of vans with more modern fuel efficient versions.
  • Completed our rebranding exercise, those Allium vans look great!

We couldn’t have done it without your support; thank you for your business and thanks to our staff for their continued hard work and dedication.

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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.

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Failure to commission an asbestos survey

Staines Magistrates’ Court heard how Kingsley Asbestos Services Ltd (KAS) was working as a subcontractor to Bourne Valley Construction Services Ltd (BVCS).

KAS removed some asbestos-containing materials and agreed to carry out repair works on other water damaged materials within the properties. During works to cut away damaged wall coverings in the kitchen, one of the workers cut into a pale coloured board, which subsequent testing proved to be asbestos insulation board.

A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that BVCS had failed to plan the work and pass on appropriate information to KAS. It was the responsibility of both BVCS and KAS to arrange for a refurbishment and demolition survey. As a consequence, work was carried out without establishing the location, presence and extent of asbestos-containing materials on site.

HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn said: “Asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers each year and around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure. BVCS were in control of the works and should have provided information identified in such a survey or assessment regarding the presence of asbestos to KAS as their subcontractor.”

Bourne Valley Construction Services Ltd of Salisbury, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13 (2) of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay full costs.

Kingsley Asbestos Services Ltd of Ferring in Worthing pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) (a) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay full costs.

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Welcome to the team!

Due to the ever increasing volume of surveys being undertaken by Allium we have found it necessary to continue to expand our workforce and are delighted to welcome two new staff members this month.

In order to ensure the timely production of survey reports we have recruited two new administrators into the business, Sarah Carlyon and Anthony Colgate.

Sarah brings a strong sales and administration background to the Admin Team and is looking forward to the challenges the role presents and the job satisfaction that ultimately comes from being part of a successful organisation. When off duty from Allium she enjoys her role as a Special Constable with Devon and Cornwall Police, particularly working within the traffic Department.

Anthony previously spent 8 years working for Cornwall College where he completed a Business Administration Apprenticeship followed by a level 2 NVQ. He is enthusiastic, ordered and quality focussed; in his spare time he plays lead guitar in a band called The Roustabouts.

Welcome to the team!