Asbestos Demolition Surveys, Antarctica


REC was approached by BAM to be part of a once in a lifetime opportunity to undertake asbestos demolition surveys in Antarctica at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) station at Rothera. Asbestos surveys are a standard and necessary procedure which need to be undertaken ahead of the deconstruction of any buildings built before 2000.

As part of a large modernisation project due to start next year at the Scientific Research Centre, the REC asbestos team made up of David Peck and Charlie Mulraney, were required to undertake the demolition surveys over a period of 11 days. Although used to the UK weather, the team had to work in -12 conditions with a -20-wind chill!

But it wasn’t all hard work and no play, the team managed to take advantage of a boat trip where they were lucky enough to see humpback whales and penguins in their natural habitat. They also managed to fit in a few games of football with the BAM and BAS teams, with a back drop of clear waters and icebergs to top off the experience.

David Peck, Asbestos Surveyor said: ” This was definitely a once in a life time experience that I will never forget. It’s great that REC is viewed as a reliable asbestos survey provider who is trusted to undertake such prestigious project works”.

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