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Rising asbestos removal bill for Buckingham Palace

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The cost of asbestos removal work undertaken at Buckingham Palace last year topped £300,000, but further similar jobs still need to be completed as part of a major renovation.

Asbestos was a common material in new-build projects during the post-war period and was also widely added to older buildings due to its fire resistant properties.

Many authorities controlling public buildings now find that they need to invest in asbestos removal in order to help keep workers and the public safe, and it has emerged that the Royal Family is no exception.

Over the past year, more than £2 million has been spent on repairs to Buckingham Palace, including £300,000 to remove asbestos from the basement.

A further £150 million worth of repairs still need to be carried out at the Queen’s official London residence, with more asbestos removal among the top priorities.

The Palace of Westminster is also in need of significant repairs, with an independent report citing the safe removal of asbestos as one of the most urgent requirements.

There is a possibility that the Queen will have to move out of Buckingham Palace and MPs will have to vacate the House of Commons in order for all the work to be completed.

Safe management of asbestos risks and, where possible, removal of the substance is a key issue in the maintenance of all public buildings more than 15 years old.

As a licensed asbestos removal contractor, BLS Asbestos has significant experience of public sector work and has completed jobs in schools, hospitals, police stations and on demolition sites.

For more information about our services, please call us on 01484 400558 or contact us via the website.

Published: 26th June 2015