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Historic Buildings Focus

Despite being possibly hundreds of years old and originally constructed without incorporating any asbestos containing materials, many of the country’s most beautiful historic buildings have had asbestos introduced into them for a multitude of reasons during their lifespan.

As regulations on fire proofing and compartmentalisation became stricter and centralised boilers providing hot water and running central heating systems were introduced so asbestos with its fire retardant and thermal insulating properties was often added.

Regulation 4 of CAR 2012 requires the management of asbestos in all non-domestic properties constructed before the year 2000; historic and potentially listed buildings require a careful approach when it comes to asbestos surveys to ensure that a meaningful survey is undertaken without causing irreparable damage to historically important building fabric.

Allium Surveyors are very experienced and competent to plan and undertake surveys within these challenging and important buildings and structures, ensuring that the public visiting or tradesmen working in these properties are safe from deadly asbestos fibres.

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Latest Accreditation

Since our last newsletter when we focused on our UKAS accreditation to ISO 17020; your guarantee that we will provide a quality service through our competent and experienced surveyors, utilising our assured in-house surveying procedures to produce a HSG 264 compliant survey report of your premises, we have gained recognition with a further accreditation body.

In order to work for one of our major Local Authority clients we were asked to obtain accreditation to the Trading Standards endorsed scheme TRUSTMARK.

We are pleased to add TRUSTMARK, which was obtained through the completion of an on-line application and the provision of acceptable supporting documentation to our other qualifications; this Government backed scheme aims to provide assurance that registered companies operate good trading practices, offer good customer service and a high level of technical competence.

This latest accreditation compliments our CHAS, SMAS, Constructionline, Safecontractor and Quidos ACDC register achievements.

Copies of our accreditation certificates can be obtained via the downloads section of the Allium website.

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HMS Belfast

From her launch in 1939 until she finally moored up in the Thames in 1971, HMS Belfast a Town Class Light Cruiser led a varied and distinguished career. Initially seeing action in World War II she was severely damaged by a German mine, undertook escort duties in the Arctic Convoys, assisted in the sinking of the Scharnhorst and provided support for the Normandy landings on 6th June 1944. She was then refitted in Plymouth and sent to the Far East. She fought again during the Korean War in the early fifties.

HMS Belfast is now a branch of the Imperial War Museum and hosts over a quarter of a million visitors per year.

Asbestos was used extensively in the construction of vessels of this era, from providing thermal insulation on the steam plant and pipework to fireproofing and anti-condensation products.

Allium’s involvement revolves around the regular ongoing re-inspection of the hundreds of asbestos products on-board to ensure that the encapsulants used remain intact and that should any deterioration of the products occur remedial action can be taken to prevent the release of asbestos fibres.

We are extremely proud to be playing our small part in ensuring the continued life of the vessel for future generations to visit and experience life on a Royal Navy Cruiser.

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Europa House, Portsmouth – Asbestos surveying and project management services

Allium Environmental Ltd were commissioned by Midas Construction Ltd to undertake an asbestos refurbishment survey at Europa House, Havant Street, Portsmouth in May 2016.

Europa House, at 64m, 18 Storeys is the tallest non-residential building (excluding Spinnaker) in Portsmouth. Completed in 1969 it served as the European HQ for PALL Corporation (A fortune 1000 company) till they moved into new offices in the suburbs.

The building is currently under conversion by Midas into a 240 bed student accommodation centre, due for completion in time for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Following the asbestos survey it was evident that legacy asbestos was still prevalent within the structure and due to the complexity and myriad nature of the materials present our commission was extended to the project management of the asbestos removal and remediation work.

Allium have attended site on a weekly basis since survey completion to advise on asbestos removal techniques, sense check quotations and audit on-going removal works. We are delighted to assist with transforming this building and ensuring the safety of the current workforce and the future occupants.

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Alpha Tracker – integrated asbestos management solution

You’ll have seen our site staff collecting asbestos data & photos on tablets to process through “Alpha Tracker”, our integrated management system.

What does Alpha Tracker offer you, our clients?

You can:

  • Download your asbestos reports as PDFs at any time through the client portal
  • View asbestos registers for a site or building
  • Upload asbestos removal paperwork or updated plans through the portal
  • Share important procedures, policies or other paperwork – even non-asbestos health & safety material can be shared
  • Track contractor access to the portal (you can give them logins to access site registers)
  • Search your entire property portfolio for specific materials or asbestos types (very useful when planning remediation work).

Finally, do ask us about the new Alpha Tracker Mobile app and the ability to “QR code” site registers.

Training on the use of our client portal can be undertaken in less than an hour and will assist with ensuring you are compliant with your duty to manage under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.