Asbestos Removal Shops






Dealing with Asbestos in Shop/Retail Units.

A considerable number of the retail units constructed in the 1960’s and 1970’s have used asbestos in their development as a key segment in the fire compartmentalization process. In a unit of retail shops with residential units present over the retail, the asbestos might be utilized as a fire break. It might likewise have been utilized as a firebreak around the plant room consolidating the boiler, or it might additionally have been utilized around a storeroom that possibly had combustible materials, for example, cleaning liquids, and so forth, just as, it may have been utilized as a part of a portion of the finishing items, for example, the roof tiles, or the floor tiles.

Asbestos comes in distinctive sorts and there are a number of different tests available

Most retail units that are leasehold require a Type 2 asbestos test/ report, which is non-invasive. However, if work is being continuously implemented, for example, alterations, extensions, etc, possibly even air-conditioning or heating system, and then a Type 3 asbestos report is required. This is an evasive test where examples are taken from a number of sources for examination.

Primary areas of concern are:

  • Asbestos cement products
  • Asbestos insulation board
  • Floor tiles
  • Lagging
  • Loose asbestos in ceilings or floor cavity
  • Spray coatings on ceilings,
  • Textiles and composites
  • Textured coatings
  • Walls, beams and columns

Repair, replace or over clad/encapsulate

There are three options, or variations, of these options with asbestos.


It may well be the best choice if the retail units are in use. Much else besides repair may have a huge expense implication for the business working in the premises.

This is a long term solution, potentially one that is more suitable to freeholders than leaseholders. This is about whether over time the issue affects the property when it is sold on, it removes the issue, or an apparent issue, that can influence future value.

Things being what they are, a prospective purchaser would buy a property without asbestos but hesitate if it was present… The Building Regulations additionally represents an intriguing issue, which implies that repair or encapsulation sometimes can’t be utilized and replacement is the only answer. This is, for example, as sound protection between a ground floor retail unit and a first floor flat or apartment, which has a long time ago had an asbestos firebreak. The only real alternative is to remove and replace. An option to the situation where the asbestos is in good condition is to lift the floorboards in the flat/apartment and replace from above, thus allowing the Shop Unit to continue trading without interruption of business.

Over clad/encapsulation

This is frequently utilized where there is an asbestos roof and it is still vital for the occupiers to remain in occupation. Over cladding with a fitting framework brings down the danger of the weakening asbestos (yet it is still present). It may be a long haul practical result, which sooner or later in time can then have the asbestos removed. Interestingly, it ought to be noted that you need to bore through the asbestos to fix the metal profile sheeting – which in itself has some implications for the release of asbestos fibres.