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Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys

This type of survey is to be carried out when a commercial building or residential property is to be demolished or when a major redevelopment is carried out. The guidance introduced in HSG264 has gone some way to addressing the issues associated with these surveys in that such surveys should only be undertaken when premises are vacant. The survey should focus on the client’s requirements and the surveyor should be in possession of the client’s development plans.

It is important to note that this type of survey will assess the type and volume of asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) and that in doing this, some building disruption will be involved in order to gain access to the samples.  

The guidance suggests that this type of survey will provide sufficient information to formulate an asbestos tender document, however we would strongly recommend that additional information be included in any tender documentation to safeguard against additional costs. 

For those clients unfamiliar with this type of work we would suggest you contact us for assistance with project management.  Importantly the survey is only necessary for the part of a building that is being refurbished, so one floor may be surveyed while the others remain undisturbed; however the survey needs to be appropriate for the type of refurbishment / demolition being undertaken.