Aston University


Scope of Works:  Removal of asbestos insulation from basement service ducts and replacement with new insulation.

Contract Value: £174,000

Programme Duration: June 2009 – August 2009

Following their tender, competing with 6 other companies, ICS were awarded this contract. The works was to remove approximately 3000 linear meters of asbestos pipe insulation to two 80m service ducts.
To achieve negative pressure each service duct was split into two 40m phased areas each service duct was worked on simultaneously to meet the 8 week programme.
ICS appointed an onsite project manager to oversee the daily running of the contract and to liaise with the client. Each service duct req uired a 6 man team which incorporated an ICS ARCA trained supervisor to oversee removal works within the enclosure.
The site required two mobile decontamination units, 4 x 3000cfm negative pressure units, 4 x multipoint injection machines, 8 x TV2 vacuum cleaners and two PV1 vacuum cleaners.
The contract was under CDM Regulations with ICS acting as Principal Contractor and the service ducts are classed as confined space working, ICS adopted a three tier warning/communication system for operatives working inside the service duct and the outside man. This system used walkie-talkie radios, bell and warning light and Claxton horns for raising the alarm in the event of an emergency.