Case Studies


Sloans Bar & Restaurant

Contract Type – Removal and disposal of Asbestos Insulation Boards


Sloan's Bar & Restaurant is the oldest Bar and Restaurant in Glasgow and is situated just off the busy Argyle Street in Glasgow's City Centre. First established in 1797 Sloan's is now a Grade A Listed Building and boasts many of it's original features - including a ceramic tiled entrance, mahogany staircase and acid-etched glass. The service lift/dumb waiter is situated just inside the main bar area and serves the restaurant and function area covering the Ground, 1st , 2nd & 3rd Floors.

In October 2018 Enviraz successfully tendered for and were awarded the contract for the Removal and Disposal of AIB boarding from within the Dumb Waiter. Upon award of the contract Enviraz, the client and clients agent, WYG Environmental engaged in lengthy discussions to programme the removal works. Due to the location of the Dumb Waiter it was agreed that the premises would require to be closed for the duration of the removal works. This allowed the client to programme a full refurbishment programme for the premises but placed tight programme restrictions upon the asbestos removal works.

Principal Contractor

Working in partnership with WYG Environmental, Enviraz assisted in developing a programme for dealing with the removal of 40m2 of Asbestos Insulation Board from the dumb waiter working 24hrs per day for 6nr days to allow for the follow on trades to complete their works within the two week refurbishment programme. The location of the premises also placed restrictions on the movement of resources to and from the site and the removal of waste. Due to the close proximity of Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and the Argyle Arcade, all major retail areas within the centre of Glasgow, we were required to restrict movement of resources and waste to either a two hour window between 7am and 9am or after 8pm at night.

By utilising the appropriate resources and establishing positive working relationships with all stakeholders, Enviraz completed the project within budget and in advance of the agreed programme, providing early access for follow on refurbishment trades.

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 neighbouring premises. Enviraz utilised our extensive project management skills to ensure that our works were undertaken without alerting any third parties that asbestos removal operations were taking place and to further aid discretion, Enviraz used unliveried vans and decontamination vehicles to prevent drawing undue attention to our activities.

Enviraz spare no expense in ensuring our operatives are provided with premium plant, equipment and consumables and encourage innovation at all stages of the project. During the works at Sloan's we utilised the services of fully asbestos trained lift engineers to assist with the removal of the existing lift car and associated working mechanism's to allow access to the ACM's requiring removal.

The Enviraz Service Delivery model places Client Satisfaction at its core and the buy in across our organisation enabled us to exceed our client’s strict schedule while our quality, environmental and safety management systems ensured works were carried out to the highest standard. By continually exceeding customers’ expectations Enviraz are able to maintain its market leading position as Scotland’s largest, independently owned licensed asbestos removal specialist.

Project Team

Enviraz Contracts Manager, Kevin Grehan was the lead client contact for the duration of this contract. Kevin has 10 years’ experience in the asbestos industry, initially as a Health and Safety Officer and later transitioning to Contract Management, and this appreciation of all sides of the operational function was beneficial to the successful delivery of the project. Kevin’s responsibilities included management of the site staff, resource management, coordination with tradespeople and client liaison. Throughout the contract our Quantity Surveyor, John Kennedy, and Health & Safety Officer, Jonathan Green, and Compliance Officer, Tony Donnelly, and back office support team were available to provide additional support to all areas of the contract.

The on-site supervisors Stephen Talent (Dayshift) and Barry Dougan (Night Shift), undertook direct supervision of works, and all on-site operatives held the relevant certifications: Asbestos Removal Supervisors Courses and Refreshers, PASMA, IPAF, Red Box Systems, CSCS and confined space entry systems.