Contract Type – Removal and disposal of Asbestos Insulation Boards
EK, East Kilbride is the largest undercover shopping mall in Scotland. The Retro Designer Wear Store is situated within The Plaza, one of the 6nr malls constituting EK, East Kilbride.
Retro Designer Wear is a well established independent retailer stocking premium designer clothing and footwear brands for women, men and children. As part of upgrading and refurbishment works being carried out by a local construction company, Abbey Construction (Scotland) Ltd there was the requirement for some asbestos removal works to be completed. Being aware of the long standing working relationship between EK Centre Management and Enviraz, Abbey Construction contacted Enviraz directly to request we visit site to scope the works and provide a quotation for the completion of same.
These works constituted the removal and disposal of non-asbestos ceilings and associated AIB debris from within the ceiling void and the removal and disposal of AIB from the shop front bulkhead. Enviraz submitted a quotation for the works and were appointed to carry out the works by Abbey Construction.
The project was undertaken while the Retro Designer Wear unit was closed for refurbishment works however the main Shopping Centre remained fully operational, Enviraz had to carry out works with a full appreciation of the environment and while conscious of the potential impact of our activities on staff, shoppers and other stakeholders. Working together with Abbey Construction, we coordinated works and communicated our plans effectively to provide our service within this sensitive environment and meet defined project goals.
Throughout this project, Enviraz were aware of the sensitive environment we were operating within and made relevant changes to our working methods and practices to ensure minimum disruption and inconvenience to centre staff and visitors. Working closely with Centre Management we were able to implement a program of asbestos removal works and associated services while ensuring continuity of operation for the shopping centre. This included, but was not limited to liaising with centre management to ensure access/egress and waste transfer routes were established within the service areas and did not negatively impact the ongoing operations of the shopping centre and utilising the services of pre-approved, asbestos trained electricians to carry out isolation's and subsequent removal of the existing store lighting, allowing it to cleaned and set aside for reuse which would save the client money on the total cost of the refurbishment works. Due to the space restrictions within the service areas Enviraz utilised our Waste Carriers License to transfer waste from the site to our Transfer Station in Hillington, as i9t was not feasible for an asbestos skip being situated on site.
These innovative solutions demonstrate our commitment to providing the ultimate client experience, ensuring client satisfaction without compromising on quality, safety or environmental considerations.
Brian Redpath was Lead Contracts Manager for the duration of this contract. As a Senior Member of Enviraz Operations team, Brian's near 30 years’ experience in the asbestos industry and long standing positive working relationship with the EK Centre Management was key to the successful delivery of this project.
Enviraz Senior Supervisor, Barry Dougan, was based on site for the duration of the works and was responsible for direct supervision of works. All of Enviraz on-site operatives held the relevant certifications: Asbestos Removal Supervisors Courses and Refreshers, PASMA, IPAF, Red Box Systems, CSCS and confined space entry systems. Barry also coordinated with the UKAS Accredited Independent Analytical Company to arrange the Four Stage Clearance Procedure and subsequent handover of the project to Abbey Construction to allow the reinstatement works to progress.