A promising project hampered by asbestos

Wolverhampton Civic Halls refurbishment hit as more asbestos is discovered

Asbestos is a lethal substance with the potential to cause lung cancer decades after the sufferer’s inhalation of the fibres. It therefore pays for businesses refurbishing vintage buildings to thoroughly examine them for any signs of asbestos, which has recently surfaced in Wolverhampton.

A promising project hampered by asbestos

The West Midlands city’s Civic Halls – consisting of the Civic Hall and the Wulfrun Hall – are currently undergoing a £14.4 million refurbishment initiated by the City of Wolverhampton Council. Top stars including Jimmy Carr and Russell Brand are already lined up for performances at the cultural hotspot.

However, the council has recently revealed that the refurbishment’s estimated completion date could be pushed beyond the previously cited October 2018. While this can be attributed partly to “additional works that need addressing”, the discovery of asbestos has also been cited as being to blame.

An inconvenient find ahead of a temporary reopening

Almost £500,000 was spent on removing asbestos from the Grade II-listed building before the refurbishment work commenced last year. Nonetheless, according to a spokesman for the council, “a further small amount of asbestos has also been discovered”.

He added: “Asbestos specialists have confirmed there is no risk, nor has there ever been a risk to public health, and action is being taken to treat the affected areas before the halls temporarily reopen.” Shows are currently booked for between 21st October this year and 2nd January 2018.

Acts that Wolverhampton locals can expect to see at the Civic Halls during that period include John Bishop, Greg Davies, The Charlatans and Marilyn Manson. Nonetheless, the refurbishment will see the total capacity grow to nearly 5,000, providing an ideal space for further big name performers.

We can help contractors to determine the presence of asbestos

The council has been wise to dispel any fears that this recently-found asbestos might have endangered public health – and also prepare to have the potentially toxic substance removed.

Here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, we can help to protect public health and ensure that asbestos removal contractors are undertaking their duties in accordance with current guidelines and to current standards. We can also assist contractors with our site audits for asbestos removal contractors. Get in touch with us today to learn more about the difference our highly qualified and experienced professionals can make to the safety of your premises, as well as to receive the most competitive quote.


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