Proposed £28m refurb at Alexandra Palace calls for asbestos consultancy services
Following a competitive tender process for asbestos consultancy services, the team at Pennington Choices have been appointed by Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust (APPCT) to undertake asbestos consultancy work. This is part of the preparatory works for the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project areas, comprising the BBC Studios, East Court and Victorian Theatre.
Approximately 40% of the iconic building is no longer open to the public. Subject to HLF approval due at the end of March, significant investment will be made to the building allowing some areas of the listed landmark to be accessible to the public for the first time in recent history.
The works will include the restoration of the Victorian Theatre as a cultural venue, and to transform the pioneering former BBC Studios into a visitor attraction and learning space.
Asbestos was used for sound insulation and fire-proofing on many walls in the Studios. It was also used in many other applications here too. Some of this coating has been removed over the years, but further works are required in order to make the spaces usable again. New floor coverings and wall linings will be added, as they would have originally looked in the 1930s.
Our asbestos surveyors were specifically chosen for this commission due to their experience of working within similar historic and listed buildings nationwide, and were commended for their well-considered tailored approach to a complex and sensitive site during the tender process.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract. This is testimony to the dedication and commitment of our staff. It is a privilege to be associated with such an iconic London landmark.” Paul Wright, Head of Asbestos Services – Pennington Choices Ltd
With great sensitivity and focus on preservation and protection the surveying team will undertake an asbestos refurbishment and demolition survey of specific areas of Alexandra Palace in February and March 2015.
As a visitor of Alexandra Palace will this affect you?
“No, our survey will be carried out discreetly and will not impact on the day to day use of the Palace.”
“Our mission is to help create a safe working environment for the project workers carrying out the restoration and development of the building.” Martin Burt, Project Manager – Pennington Choices Ltd.
At Pennington Choices we have our own in-house bulk sample UKAS accredited laboratory and mobile laboratories for air monitoring. These comprehensive services enable us to provide an efficient and effective service to all clients.
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