The Refurbishment / Demolition Asbestos Survey is required where the premises, or part of it, needs upgrading, refurbishment or demolition (formerly known as a Type 3 survey). By law you will need this survey prior to any demolition or significant works to a non-domestic property built pre 2000. ‘Significant’ could mean removing walls, doors, windows etc. or installing new equipment. The demolition survey need not necessarily cover the whole property. In our experience it is often better to target the survey at the specific works which will be undertaken.
So what does this entail? A Refurbishment/Demolition Survey is much more intrusive and involves destructive inspection methods (lifting floor coverings, breaking through walls/ceilings and behind wall cladding) to gain access to all areas within the building. The area being surveyed must be, wherever possible, vacated. Our Survey Guide stipulates that the duty holder (i.e. the owner or maintaining tenant of a property) should provide the surveyor with as much information about the site, such as site layout, site plans, a previous survey report (if applicable), site photos, or site hazards prior to the survey. Once completed, should any asbestos be present, the Refurbishment/Demolition Survey will state the location, presence and extent of asbestos containing materials and debris. The survey will also detail any remedial/removal action required. Don’t worry! We will walk you through every step – and help you tick every ‘to do’ box.