Professional Asbestos Surveyors
Asbestos assessments and surveys carried out by chartered building surveyors. Information on Asbestos tax relief schemes and types of survey available.
Why Choose Redmond & Associates for your Asbestos Survey?
There is presently no qualification required to call yourself an asbestos surveyor. This means that there are many people offering asbestos surveys who lack any qualifications relating to building construction or surveying. We believe that experienced, professional chartered building surveyors with a wealth of knowledge and expertise are required to carry out asbestos surveys you can trust.
Redmond & Associates have over 20 years of professional, chartered surveying experience, meaning we understand property construction, as well as UK building regulations and law. We also hold professional indemnity insurance, as required by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Our experience provides us with an awareness of whether asbestos is likely to have been used in the construction and alterations of your building and where in the building it could be located.
We have experience of surveying a wide range of buildings for asbestos and have built our reputation on providing a balanced, independent, professional asbestos surveying service.
Types of asbestos survey available
Redmond & Associates offer three levels of asbestos survey. They are as follows:
Type 1: Asbestos and Assessment Survey
This presumptive survey is designed to locate the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in a given building where practicable. We visually inspect the building to identify materials that may contain asbestos and supply a clear outline of our findings. Sampling and anaysis can be defered for another time.
Type 2: Standard Sampling, Identification and Assessment Survey
This survey takes all the consituent elements of type 1 except that representative samples are taken and analysed for the presence of asbestos. The subsequent report issued includes an outline of ACMs found and recommendations regarding their management.
Type 3: Full Access Sampling and Identification Survey
This survey takes all the constituent elements of survey types 1 and 2 but adds destructive testing where appropriate, and access to all areas including areas where accessibility is difficult to reach. A full sampling programme is undertaken to ascertain the full extent of ACMs and calculations are made to establish the volume and surface area of it. This survey is designed to be used as the basis for a tender enquiry prior to demolition or major refurbishment work.
Our asbestos surveys cover each type of survey outlined above and include a full written report including:
- An itemised list of ACMs
- Digital photographs
- Site plans indicating sampling points
Why have an asbestos survey done now?
In 2002 legislation came into force whereby non-domestic properties must be assessed for asbestos. It is the duty of building owners, tenants and any other parties who have any legal responsibility for the premises to manage the risk from asbestos that may be present in the building.
You are required by law to ensure that a suitable and sufficient assessment is carried out as to whether asbestos is or is liable to be present in the premises.
Specialist asbestos surveys of the property are required to fulfil this mandatory requirement.
The HSE have stated that they intend to vigorously enforce this legislation. Non-compliance is now a criminal offence punishable with fines of up to £20,000 and imprisonment of up to 6 months, per offence.
Just because asbestos is present within a building does not mean it has to be removed. Asbestos materials in good condition, can be safely managed without the need for costly removal or remediation. Being independent of any building contractors who deal with the removal of Asbestos we offer independent and impartial advice on how to manage your asbestos.
Asbestos Removal: Government Tax Relief Scheme
Financial help is available. The Government’s “tax relief initiative” is a major financial impact benefit for both property owners and businesses. As part of the urban regeneration scheme, the government has introduced a 150% tax relief for companies incurring expenditure on land remediation, including buildings. So now the costs of asbestos removal/management from existing buildings can be set against company profits as tax relief.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 came into force on 13 November 2006 (Asbestos Regulations – SI 2006/2739). These regulations clearly outline the methodology associated with surveying properties with asbestos containing materials (ACMs).
Areas We Cover
- Biggin Hill
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath
- Herne Bay
- Tunbridge Wells
- West Kingsdown