What is a Demolition Survey?
A demolition survey (formerly a Type 3 Survey) is required prior to any demolition to either all or part of a building. A demolition survey is carried out as a requirement under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and as stated in the guidance for Regulation 4 in Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012).
This however is one of the first steps for the duty holder to comply with the HSE for Regulation 4 'The Management of Asbestos in Non-Domestic Premises' of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012).
The demolition survey need not necessarily cover the whole property. It is often better to target the survey at the specific works which will be undertaken. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in the area where demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to access.
How does a Demolition Survey differ from a Management Survey?
The key difference between these surveys types are how far they penetrate the fabric of the building (level of intrusion).
Asbestos Management Surveys cause very little disturbance to occupants as they concentrate on surface materials facing people in every day circumstances, whereas Demolition Surveys are generally unsuitable for occupied areas because they require full (and often more destructive) access behind facings, into voids etc, to find all Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM's), which can produce widespread damage and debris as a result.
Our experienced and highly qualified surveyors carry out demolition surveys in accordance with HSG264 and with the unique needs of the client, site and project in mind. You can rest easy in the knowledge that we have the necessary experience, systems, qualifications, training and insurance to carry out demolition surveys with integrity, independence and impartiality.