Foreign & Commonwealth

July 16, 2020

The Cantillon Asbestos Division undertook the challenging Foreign & Commonwealth project within a part live building, where background checks had to be made in advance and daily security inspections undertaken. This work is made up of a series of sequential visits, returning when each relevant work space has been vacated.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is located in central London and houses the government department responsible for foreign policy and representing Britain abroad which means a high level of security it maintained at all times. Cantillon staff were subject to a background check to ensure they’re validity to work within semi-secured areas. Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys were carried out as areas were released as semi-secure.

This first area comprised of a four storey building and one large enclosure was set up in order to remove the AIB debris that was found in roof voids in the North West quadrant. The voids were removed and environmentally cleaned over a 13-day period.

Further R&D Surveys identified Durasteel asbestos lined panels to the building fabric on the third floor in the North East and South East quadrants. Works consisted of the removal of plaster walls and metal rip decking to expose the Durasteel. This was then encapsulated with ET150 paint and labelled for management.

All works were undertaken within sealed enclosures and notified to the HSE