Roofing contaminated with asbestos

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Encapsulation Work

Asbestos encapsulation and removal at Hawick Town Hall

An inside look of a lift shaft

Our long-term client, the Scottish Borders Council, recently appointed the Henderson Environmental team to conduct an asbestos removal service on an out-of-service lift at Hawick Town Hall.

The lift was lined with asbestos insulating board (AIB) which needed to be removed before the planned refurbishment work could take place.

There were two main aspects to this job. The initial step in the process was to complete asbestos encapsulation. Asbestos encapsulation is the technique of covering or containing asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in order to prevent the release of harmful fibres into the air. 

The technique forms a barrier that seals off the fibres and keeps them from becoming airborne, in turn lowering the possibility of asbestos exposure which can lead to life-threatening diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening or lung cancer.

Our team needed to encapsulate the lift shaft with a specific asbestos sealant so that the lift contractors could safely conduct maintenance work on the lift without being exposed to asbestos. 

A fully licensed scaffolding company then erected a scaffold within the lift shaft, allowing us to proceed with the necessary asbestos removal. We liaised with the appointed UKAS accredited analytical company whose analysts carried out background monitoring and personal monitoring throughout to monitor the level of asbestos fibres in the air during the works. 

As the town hall remained occupied at this time, our team installed buffer zones to ensure that the building occupants were safe during the removal process. 

Following the safe removal and correct disposal of the asbestos insulating board, our client could commence the refurbishment works.

Close up of asbestos

"Outstanding Service"

From the enquiry to the completion of the work, the service is outstanding. All members of staff who attended the site are professional, very polite, did their work and when I asked to do any extra work, it was not a problem, they just did it.

Lena Jopling, Hutchinson Environmental Solutions, Northumberland

"Friendly and Polite"

Hendersons stripped the asbestos ceiling panels from our garage and removed the panels from site. I was very happy with the professional and efficient way in which the work was carried out. The team were very friendly and polite and they left the garage and surrounding area clean and tidy. The work area was tested by an independent company and found to be clean and free of asbestos fibres.

John Knowles, County Durham

"Completed on Time"

All the work was completed on time and to our expectations The staff were very pleasant and checked regularly that we were happy with the progress.

Tony Turnbull, Tynemouth

"Professional Approach "

We were delighted by the professional approach and customer service that Henderson provided. From the onset, they demonstrated a highly structured and well-planned approach. This was also seen in how they approached the work on-site, as staff were professional, and friendly but also very concerned to do the right job. An excellent service at a reasonable price.

Peter Upton, Hexham

"Expert Knowledge"

I received excellent service from everyone at Henderson as all team members are friendly, helpful, and professional. I would recommend Henderson Environmental to anyone with an asbestos issue and on the strength of the great job that they did, if I ever need soundproofing I would go straight to them.

G Parker, Newcastle Upon Tyne

"Clean and Efficient Job"

Ian and his team provided us with an excellent service at a competitive price compared to others. The team were fantastic, arriving on time and working continuously to get the job done. Once completed they showed me the area they had cleared and it had been done to a very high standard, all materials were taken away and the area was thoroughly cleaned. I would highly recommend to all.

Sam Benfield, Newcastle Upon Tyne

"Stress-Free Removal "

When I was first told I had asbestos I was concerned mostly about what it meant to remove it and how destructive the process would be. I needn’t have worried as the team were in and out really quickly, working professionally, and that took all of the stress out of the situation. Thanks for a fantastic job guys!

Adrian Young, Whitley Bay

"Limited Disturbance"

We owe a huge thanks to Ian and the team for making the asbestos removal go so easily and to plan. The impact to tenants has been as minimal as possible and the asbestos skip was removed immediately. The job couldn’t have gone better and we look forward to working with you again in the future.

Neil Joslin, The Gateshead Housing Company

"Efficient and On-Time"

I needed a job done quickly and the team came out to give me a quote the following day ad provided the estimate a day later. The work was completed within the estimated time frame and given that it involved removing a ceiling and taking the wall back to brick, we expected a mess but all of the waste was removed and not even a spec of dust was left behind. It’s rare these days to find a company that surpasses expectations and these guys do just that.

Christina Porter, Whickham, Newcastle Upon Tyne

"Safe and Collaborative Team"

The Henderson team were very easy to talk to and it was simple to schedule the removal to suit our calendar. The team on-site worked with our roofers to make sure the building was watertight by the end of the day. All in all Ian and the company were great to work with.

Hamilton Building and Joinery Services

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