Sankey Bridge Industrial Estate consists of typical light industrial warehouse sheds. Warrington Borough Council wanted to make safe the asbestos roof on one of the buildings, while keeping it open so the tenant could continue operating as usual.
Every year around 5,000 people in the UK die from health issues related to asbestos, which can be present in any building constructed or refurbished before 2000. Asbestos should only be removed by licenced specialists such as CRS, however, removing it is disruptive and hazardous, especially if the material is in a bad condition. In fact, it may be deemed safer to leave asbestos in situ.
At Sankey Bridge, it was decided that the existing 500sqm asbestos roof should be encapsulated and over clad with insulated steel sheeting. This approach would avoid a dangerous removal operation, while allowing the tenant to keep working, and would provide enhanced insulation. Also, the warranty for overcladding was the same for stripping and re-sheeting the building, but at a much-reduced cost.
Health and safety were paramount
Not only did the team have to carefully manage working around the asbestos sheeting, following the Health and Safety at Work Act and HSG33 at all times, but safety netting had to be installed under the roof to protect both CRS operatives and building occupants.