As you know, the last day of term is 20th July, and as a staff we will be finishing packing up to move into our wonderful new school building on the 22nd and 23rd July.
From 24th July onwards, the old school will become part of the Kier building site area and will be out of bounds to all staff and pupils.
The demolition process will then begin. This will follow a detailed and controlled process that meets all Health and Safety Executive standards. For clarification, this process is detailed below. If you have any questions, these can be directed to Kier.
We are all looking forward to welcoming pupils back into our new building in September!
Following the decant of the school the asbestos survey will be undertaken. This will be a ‘refurbishment and demolition survey’. This is an invasive survey which means that the surveyor must access all areas to ascertain the full extent of any asbestos present in the existing school building. The surveyors are very experienced at doing these kinds of surveys and know what they are looking for so potential asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) will be identified and samples taken from these materials.
- The samples will be taken to a laboratory and tested to identify the type of asbestos present within the material.
- Once all the samples have been tested a report will be produced and issued to Kier and our demolition contractor. This report will confirm the type of asbestos found in each of the samples. Sometimes the samples can come back as ‘No asbestos detected’ but these materials will need to be checked irrespective. If ACM’s have been identified the report will confirm the type of each ACM. This will determine if the removal is licensable, non-licensed or notifiable non-licensed. No matter which type is identified Kier will employ a licensed contractor to undertake the removal.
- Depending on the type of asbestos identified, notification will need to be made to the Health and Safety Executive to advise them that we will be undertaking the removal. This ensures that they can query the method of removal and view the works both before and during the removal as required.
- Where the type of asbestos requires it a full enclosure will be erected around the material and this will be smoke tested to ensure that it is air sealed.
- The enclosure will have suitable airlock access, viewing panels, etc. No persons will be permitted inside the enclosure except the removal contractors
- The ACM’s will then be removed and placed into sealed bags. These bags will be transferred to sealed skips which will, in turn, be fenced off so no waste can be tampered with.
- This waste will then be transported to a licensed disposal site.
- During the ACM removal period, there will be a small element of ‘soft strip’ demolition works but no areas with ACM’s will be touched
- Once the ACM removal is completed, air sampling tests are carried out to ensure the no asbestos is still evident within the enclosure. This process will be repeated until fully cleaned.
- Once signed off the enclosure can be removed.
- This will be repeated for all areas where ACM’s have been identified.
- Once all ACM’s have been removed Air Clearance certification will be issued and therefore, these areas will be deemed clear of Asbestos and safe to access.
- Once all ACM’s have been cleared the main demolition will commence.