Recently, Carey Group company, ION Environmental, successfully completed a package of remediation works at Gatwick Airport, on behalf of principal contractor Mace.

Remediation works in the main baggage hall

Our scope of works at Gatwick Airport involved the removal of asbestos contamination from a service duct located under the main baggage hall floor. The service duct ceiling was constructed from reinforced concrete beams and contained broken beams in some locations. We had to devise a safe method to gain access into the duct from above ground level, in order to carry out full environmental cleaning of the contaminated areas, which included removing the broken beams.

Experts in remediation

Due to the extremely challenging circumstances presented by this project, several different contractors had previously attempted and subsequently failed to deliver the required works.

Then Mace approached ION and tasked us with resolving the project’s complexities.

In order to ensure that the project ran as smoothly as possible, we frequently liaised with Mace. Based on their feedback, as well our own years of asbestos-removal expertise, we created a detailed plan for how to carry out the works as safely and efficiently as possible. We took into consideration a number of relevant project factors, including:

  • Working at height
  • Breaking ground
  • Hand arm vibration syndrome
  • Vehicle movements

Overcoming unforeseen challenges

As a result of our careful planning process, we were able to deal successfully not only with the pre-existing issues, but also several additional challenges that arose during the course of the project.

For example, as we were carrying out our remediation works, we identified a new material within the confines of the enclosure. Calling upon our wealth of experience in handling challenging situations, we were able to promptly and successfully resolve the matter, whilst quickly communicating this discovery to all project stakeholders.

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