1 Lancaster Circus

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Scope of Works:  Removal of carpet tiles and associated adhesive and screed containing asbestos.

Contract Value: £150k

Programme Duration: Phased per floor – as released to Main Contractor, Wates Construction Ltd

The 1 Lancaster Circus project was undertaken as part of the Council’s ‘Working for the Future’ programme, proposing to transform the council’s property portfolio to deliver efficient, fit for purpose workplaces. The contract at Lancaster Circus was procured through the Birmingham Construction Partnership and the main contractor Wates was using a number of local sub-contractors/suppliers to stimulate the local economy.

ICS were deemed favourite for asbestos works by Wates in relation to costs, flexibility and experience of working within occupied premises, especially with such important tenants.

ICS were required to remove the carpet floor tiles and additional non-asbestos screed disposing as contaminated waste in accordance with current regulations.  The exposed asbestos screed was sprayed with a solution of fibre suppressant ensuring saturation to prevent fibre release and removed with the aid of Heavy Duty 110v Floor Breakers.  All crevices, bolt holes and surfaces were drilled out where necessary and further cleaned to remove any residual asbestos fibres.

Works were carried out within polythene enclosures under fully controlled conditions to minimise cross contamination.  This was proven following air clearance monitoring by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory.

On completion of asbestos removal works additional protection was applied in the form of ET150 asbestos encapsulant emulsion leaving the area clear for refurbishment works.

ICS were initially required to remove asbestos containing floor screed however we were commissioned by other contractors and Birmingham City Council to carry out further asbestos removal works including an ‘environmental clean’ of lift shafts and motor rooms over a weekend period to minimise disruption, removal of asbestos insulation board, facilitating works, installation of new service risers and fire retardant bulk-heads at the property, all of which we were able to schedule around initial works.