Asbestos removal to begin at Redcar’s iconic Regent Cinema

With one of our regional offices here at Trident Asbestos Solutions being based in Durham, we always take a keen interest in any local developments affirming the continued importance of services like ours, which range from asbestos removal contractor audits to asbestos surveys, air monitoring, project management and advice.

One announcement that greatly saddened us earlier this year was that of the sudden closure of the Regent Cinema on the seafront of the North Yorkshire town of Redcar. The manager of one of Teesside’s oldest and most-loved cinemas confirmed in April that the decision had been made to shut the venue “for the foreseeable future” due to structural problems.

Since then, work has been underway to save the building, amid hopes that the closure will not be a permanent one – and the sensitive removal of asbestos is a key focus.

Playing a distinguished role in local history

 Generations of residents of the North East town have grown up with the Regent Cinema as a familiar landmark. Built as the New Pavilion over the entrance of the now-defunct Coatham Pier in 1928, it was for many years a successful music hall and repertory theatre, hosting such acts as “Britain’s first boy band”, the Dallas Boys, and Billy Breen – an early stage-name of comedy legend Larry Grayson.

Indeed, it is thought that Grayson’s catchphrase, “shut that door!”, originated in the town when he uttered it in response to wind from the sea blowing across the stage due to a side door having been left open.

It later became a cinema, and has been run by Neil Bates since the early 1990s. In 2007, ‘The Regent’ – as it is locally known – even became a movie star in its own right, appearing in Atonement, which also starred Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

Manager still committed amid “frustrating situation”

 Local newspaper The Northern Echo reported on Tuesday that work to remove asbestos from the cinema had now been commissioned, and was expected to start in the coming weeks.

Cabinet member at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for culture, tourism and communications, Carl Quartermain, said professionals were being engaged “to remove the asbestos in a secure way. Care has been taken to ensure the boards at The Regent don’t take away from the look and feel of our fantastic seafront.”

Bates commented: “It’s a frustrating situation but I remain committed to cinema in our borough. We’re hoping that temporary alternative venues to show films might be found while the required ongoing work is carried out at The Regent.”

We certainly hope here at Trident Asbestos Solutions that this vital asbestos removal work will be successful, and that this beloved landmark can return to use as a cinema in the near future. In the meantime, if your own organisation is in need of the most dependable asbestos removal contractor audits or related services, you are welcome to seek a quote from us by calling 03333 441555.

Family of ex-adult training centre worker seek answers relating to mesothelioma death

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With more cases of mesothelioma being brought to light than ever, the need for effective asbestos management and asbestos removal to help minimise the number of future cases is ever-growing.

A Lancashire family was left devastated after mesothelioma claimed the life of Jennifer Ashworth – a former adult training centre worker who died aged just 69.

Jennifer was diagnosed with the disease in October 2014, dying just four months later.

More about mesothelioma – the often-silent killer

 A form of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs (and sometimes stomach), mesothelioma has a harrowingly low survival rate.

Mesothelioma differs from most other common types of cancer in that it can take decades for its symptoms to make themselves known to the sufferer. Unfortunately, by then, the cancer is in an advanced stage, often meaning that little can be done bar maintaining a fair quality of life for as long as possible.

In most cases – as with Jennifer’s – it means that sufferers only have a very short period of time before diagnosis and death.

Now, an appeal is being launched by Jennifer’s family – who are working closely with Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office – to investigate the circumstances in which she was exposed to the deadly material.

Information sought about adult training centre building 

 Jennifer worked at Lancashire County Council’s Springbank Adult Training Centre between 1968 and 2006 – almost 40 years – which led her and her family to believe that she was exposed to asbestos while working at the premises.

The building has since been demolished, leaving very little information behind to help Jennifer’s family in their search for information.

One detail that Jennifer did remember, however, is that the centre closed for a short period in the 1980s so that asbestos could be removed.

A family left devastated

 Jennifer’s brother, Simon, is now working alongside their extended family to contact anyone who worked at the Springbank centre during the same period as Jennifer, or anyone who worked there while asbestos was still present in the building.

He said: “The impact the mesothelioma diagnosis had on Jennifer was absolutely terrible to see and it was awful for us all to see her in so much pain… although we know nothing will bring her back, we are determined to understand how she came into contact with the substance and if more could have been done by her former employers to protect her.”

Get in touch with Trident Asbestos Solutions today to learn more about our broad range of asbestos-related services, also including the likes of asbestos surveys, air monitoring, asbestos removal project management.

Former textile worker died from asbestos exposure

Asbestos laggingIt’s not just tradesmen that can be regularly exposed to asbestos.A former textile worker from Bradford died earlier this year after being exposed to the dangerous material. It was found that the lady had been exposed unknowingly to asbestos most of her life.A hearing in Bradford was told that 69 year old Margaret Bentham of Thornton, Bradford died at her home in February this year after being diagnosed with mesothelioma.Having worked as a machinist in various factories in Bradford she may have been in contact with the deadly asbestos material most of her life.A post mortem examination found that Miss Bentham had died from malignant mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos.A written statement made with Miss Bentham’s solicitor’s before her death detailed her working history. For almost 22 years she had worked mainly repairing industrial garments such as overalls.The statement included her experiences in one of her previous jobs in the textile industry which was in a three storey, Victorian styled property in Vicar Lane, Bradford.In this property she sat about 10 feet away from three steam presses which had asbestos lagged pipes.Asbestos lagging is known to be one of the most dangerous materials containing asbestos. As stated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).Miss Bentham said that to get past the pipes she used to brush against them and that she would get dust on her and on the garments. She used to pat the dust of, which would mean that she would be inhaling the deadly fibres.In approximately 11 years at this workplace Miss Bentham could not remember the pipes being repaired or replaced.A verdict that she had died of industrial disease was recorded by Bradford assistant coroner Tim Ratcliffe.He said: “I am satisfied that during her working life she could have been exposed to fibres of asbestos which led to malignant mesothelioma.“It seems clear to me certainly that on the balance of probabilities that on that basis industrial disease is the appropriate verdict for this case.”

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