Asbestos removal required at Leeds student accommodation

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Asbestos removal work is underway at a University of Leeds halls of residence after the substance was discovered in shower cubicles on the site.

It was found during preparations for the refurbishment of the Henry Price Building and although it posed no immediate risk to inhabitants, a decision was taken to remove it as a precaution.

Demonstrating that asbestos was used in many different ways in buildings constructed in the second half of the 20th century, a survey revealed it was present in pipe coverings under shower units in the student accommodation.

A spokesperson for the University told the Leeds Student newspaper: “We are currently removing shower cubicles as part of our refurbishment works at Henry Price. Within the base of the shower unit there is an asbestos cement cover on the pipe, which is embedded within the shower floor screed.”

They added that licensed contractors were being used to remove the asbestos cement to ensure the work was completed safely.

Any organisation planning to undertake significant work on a building should commission an asbestos refurbishment survey to locate all asbestos containing materials, which can then be removed prior to the job commencing to ensure the site is safe for workers.

For more information about surveys and licensed asbestos removal, please contact BLS Asbestos.

Published: 10th March 2014