Adams Environmental have been assisting the LW Theatres Group with their asbestos management since 2013. In 2018 Adams was asked to undertake the refurbishment survey of the 19th century Theatre Royal, Drury Lane building in advance of extensive remodelling and modernisation. As a Grade I listed building, the careful and multi-phased survey approach to surveying the building was key. The ongoing asbestos management of the theatre had provided a good baseline and existing knowledge of the theatre, so Adams were well placed to continue the survey inspection considering the sensitivities of such a heritage building. The extensive ‘dark period’ and the refurbishment project provided a golden opportunity for the client to remove any asbestos legacy that had been successfully managed on the site to date.
As such, when the theatre closed at the beginning of 2019 for its 20 month £60million refurbishment, the asbestos remedial program was at the forefront of a very tightly programmed project. Adams were involved with the independent analytical support for the asbestos remedial works.
Like all projects with buildings of this age, there were some curve balls but the coordinated efforts of the all the key stakeholders involved in the asbestos remedial work did not impede on any project critical elements.
The project was closed out with a residual risk report, which left the theatre with a minimum of low-risk items in its register, thus virtually removing the ongoing management costs and asbestos risk going forward. It has been a great project to have been involved in from start to finish and a good example of Adams’ End to End Asbestos Management service on a fabulous historic building.