ION Environmental was contracted by Sainsbury’s to remove all asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) from a retail high street store. ION’s work played an essential part in making the building safe and accessible so that major repair works could be carried out.

This property is owned by Sainsbury’s Estates who have decided to lease the property to a third party, but before they could lease the building, the roof in particular, required extensive repairs.

We were instructed with the task of removing all ACMs from the building so that the property could be made safe prior to leasing, also facilitating safe access whilst major repairs were undertaken. After several site visits and many hours of planning, the programme was set for 5 weeks, with an added week for site set up.

The bulk of the works were on the ground floor which included 1,120m2 of Asbestos Insulation Board, (AIB), ceiling tiles. Additionally, there were several other areas of considerable size requiring work, which again contained AIB ceiling tiles, along with asbestos containing floor tiles and bitumen adhesive. The roof plant room contained AIB ceiling panels, which in one place had severe damage to both the AIB and the asbestos containing felt roof above. During our phase of works we removed the ground floor AIB ceiling tiles, along with all metal tracking, ducting and wall panelling, proceeding to work our way up the building to allow the safest method with regards to transit and waste routes.

Our site team consisted of; 1 Senior Supervisor, 1 Supervisor, 2 Charge Hands and 5 Operatives, supported by weekly 2-day visits by Senior Management. During the programme various audits were undertaken, including internal audits by IONs own HSEQT Manager and Contracts Manager, plus numerous external audits from Sainsbury’s HSEQT Manager, the Principal Contractor, Williams Build Ltd, HSEQT Manager and a visit from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector, all of whom gave high results in their findings. The works were completed within programme and on budget. 

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