Kitsons Environmental Europe Limited have developed integrated solutions for management and deconstruction of clasp and system buildings where asbestos containing materials were used in their build. This approach was used to provide fast and efficient buildings in a cost effective way in many public sector and educational environments where the lightweight steel frames required fire protection, particularly on ground floor locations. Commonly known as CLASP buildings, but other systems include SCOLA, MACE, ONWARD, SEAC, and contractor systems such as Vic Hallam, Laingspan and Hills.
However, these buildings in primary, secondary schools and in Higher Education are coming to the end of their life. Many authorities are looking to structural engineers to advise on the lifespan and condition of the building, particularly where segments of the building are moving. Asbestos surrounds the anchor points, fixings and supporting steel columns and Kitsons have assisted in enabling maintenance programmes to be delivered in compliance with current regulations.
Whilst working at a Scottish University, Kitsons have used special techniques to assist the deconstruction of CLASP buildings particularly where the building is in a confined area and where people are studying in adjacent buildings which are in relatively close proximity to the works. It is essential that the approach to works is closely managed in a safe manner and in accordance with current legislation.
Neil Ferguson, Kitsons, Regional Director said “As a packaged solution, scaffolding has been erected, designed to accommodate the dismantling at two levels, which has been covered with protective sheeting. This offers a number of benefits: to act as an enclosure, manage local dust dispersion from dismantling process in an operational educational facility, and also to remove the eyesore of the dismantling process whilst in progress to the public walking past the site.”
Ralph Livingston, Operations Manager, commented “Asbestos located on internal ceiling tiles and cladding on vertical framework is removed from the structure, enabling the roof to be removed in sections from the two story building. Removal of asbestos can take place from the horizontal cross-members, once the wooden cladding has been taken away, using the protective sheeting at the upper level to form part of the enclosure. Internal panels and windows can be dismantled safely. The process is applied to the lower floor, leaving the frame which is then taken apart at their original fixing points rather than demolished. (more…)