Merryhill Completes Large-Scale Asbestos Removal in Slough

Licensed asbestos removal project in Slough

Merryhill have just concluded a large-scale asbestos removal project in Slough. Having begun on site in April, the project consisted of the complete removal of all asbestos materials from 7 separate buildings.

The multiple occupant site was being prepared prior to demolition and the area redeveloped.

Working for a tier 1 main contractor, Merryhill have removed the following asbestos types from all of the buildings:

In addition to the asbestos, to facilitate the works, Merryhill also carried out a lot of soft-stripping to build our enclosures.

This included the removal of multiple layers of non-asbestos flooring, false ceilings, kitchen and bathroom fitted furniture and other decorative items such as ceiling baffles and ambient lighting.

Decontamination Service

Merryhill offer a wide-ranging service including hazardous waste removal and deep cleaning. One of the buildings contained animal waste and 7 separate areas required completely decontaminating. This work was able to be carried out by our teams and meant the client did not have to appoint another specialist contractor.

Hazardous waste and decontamination



Merryhill have just concluded a large-scale asbestos removal project in Slough. Having begun on site in April, the project consisted of the complete removal of all asbestos materials from 7 separate buildings.

The multiple occupant site was being prepared prior to demolition and the area redeveloped.

Working for a tier 1 main contractor, Merryhill have removed the following asbestos types from all of the buildings:

In addition to the asbestos, to facilitate the works, Merryhill also carried out a lot of soft-stripping to build our enclosures.

This included the removal of multiple layers of non-asbestos flooring, false ceilings, kitchen and bathroom fitted furniture and other decorative items such as ceiling baffles and ambient lighting.

Decontamination Service

Merryhill offer a wide-ranging service including hazardous waste removal and deep cleaning. One of the buildings contained animal waste and 7 separate areas required completely decontaminating. This work was able to be carried out by our teams and meant the client did not have to appoint another specialist contractor.

Asbestos lined duct and pipework

As a result of finding the additional ducts, Merryhill worked closely with the appointed analyst / surveyors to identify the extent of the duct system and carry out the necessary removal works.

In total, over 100 metres of duct were uncovered. Because the shuttering was below the concrete slab, care had to be taken when removing the AIB so as to minimise disturbance.

Once the liner had been removed, Merryhill then removed all debris from within the duct which was around 2 feet deep in some sections and carry out a complete decontamination.

Huge Fly-tip Site Cleared

Huge fly tip waste site

Merryhill offer a comprehensive fly-tip clearance service. With the ability to remove significant amounts of waste and carry out the necessary segregation, we are often called by councils and landlords to assist with hazardous rubbish clearance.

One particular fly-tip project carried out this quarter was on a completely different level. Imagine an amount of waste so large it could be seen from space!

The site in the West of England had been a fly-tipping hot spot for a number of years. The patch of disused land was quickly becoming an eyesore for local tenants using the adjacent land.

Over 400 tonnes of waste removed from site, including asbestos cement sheeting.

Fly tip waste

Waste Segregation

In addition to the asbestos cement, the waste was segregated into the following waste streams:

  • Hazardous waste
  • COSHH, including paint and oil
  • Mixed demolition & demolition waste
  • Compostable waste
  • Clean wood
  • Contaminated railway sleepers
  • WEEE waste
  • Car tyres / wheels
Hazardous waste segregation

Project Management

Merryhill managed the whole project, using our own personnel to dispose of the asbestos waste. Given the scale of the task, Merryhill utilised the support of a local plant hire company to supply and drive a wheeled backhoe excavator. The machine was used to lift some of the heavy items and navigate the site which was primarily off-road.

Once the entire site was cleared, Merryhill also organised for the road to be blocked using concrete barriers. In addition to the barriers, the entrance to the site was also trenched to prevent unauthorised vehicles to access the site.

The project showcased Merryhill’s ability to work not only with asbestos and hazardous materials, but also other waste streams. This particular project was completed within the available timescale set by the client.

Merryhill Completes Huge Asbestos Removal Project in Aldershot

Asbestos Removal at Louise Margaret Hospital

Merryhill recently concluded a huge licensed asbestos removal project at the former Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot.

Originally opened in 1897, Louise Margaret Hospital is one of many buildings at the site in Aldershot which had been left derelict for over 20 years.

Image courtesy of The Construction Index

The site has recently bee acquired by Weston Homes as part of a £60m residential redevelopment scheme.

The contract which Merryhill won by competitive tender was to remove all asbestos identified from multiple surveys over the years. A very detailed pre-tender site inspection was carried out as not all areas of the building had been accessed by surveyors. This posed a degree of risk as the specification was to remove all asbestos containing materials from the building.

Upon a detailed site inspection, Merryhill had the confidence to bid for the work to our client, R Collard.

Since beginning on-site back in April, Merryhill have worked hard to remove over twelve 40-yard skips of licensed asbestos waste from the building.

Amongst asbestos insulation board (AIB), cement and other small areas, the largest and most complex part of the project was to remove asbestos thermal insulation from an undercroft, running below the whole of the main building.

Loose asbestos lagging

At over 75 metres long with multiple lagged pipes and large amounts of debris to clear from the original dirt floor, the project required very careful planning.

Operations Manager for the project, Bryan Dart, commented, saying: “the Louise Margaret Hospital project was a huge success which showcased our ability as a company to carry out even the most challenging asbestos removal projects. As the building was in such poor condition when we arrived on site, there were a number of hurdles to overcome before we even began removing the asbestos.

Rotten and unstable floors were across most of the site which required propping to make access safe for our teams. Once secured, the huge job of clearing the undercroft began. With multiple pipes running the length of the building, these had been re-lagged on numerous occasions in the past with the debris just piled up beneath the floor. A huge credit to the team that carried out the works.”

Merryhill Promote Supervisors

Merryhill Promote 2 Asbestos Supervisors

Merryhill are delighted to announce 2 significant promotions within the business.

Having proved himself working as a senior supervisor for a number of years, Dan Stephen has recently been promoted to a Project Manager.

Dan’s new role will see him take on additional responsibilities, including writing plans of work and manage larger projects as opposed to supervising them.

Dan will also work with the site teams to help them problem solve on site and also represent them much more vocally to our back-office support team. In addition he will be invited to meetings at management level to discuss site based issues in real time.

Alongside Dan’s promotion is Rob Moody. Having begun his career at Merryhill as an asbestos operative, Rob has progressed rapidly over the past 3 years, becoming a supervisor and taking on larger projects.

Rob has agreed to fill Dan’s boots as the new Senior Supervisor following his fantastic work at the Louise Margaret Hospital project. Rob will be expected to push on from that job and run the larger projects, solving problems on site and create safe working environments for our site teams to work.

Both Rob and Dan will be undergoing additional training over the coming months to help them with their new roles.

Following the promotions, Andrew Dart, Director said: “I am immensely proud of both these individuals and all our site teams. Rob and Dan’s promotions both showcase our commitment to staff development and improving individual skill sets. In a complex and often challenging industry, we rely on our site teams to provide the best possible service to clients. Only through continuous training and dedication can the most difficult asbestos removal projects be successfully carried out. Merryhill has a longstanding history of undertaking challenging works that others have turned away. Our people are the reason we are able to continue in this fashion.”