Earlier this week I happened to glance through the window of one of our decommissioned office spaces. And I saw the strangest sight: a blue polythene tunnel leading to the door of one of our outbuildings and, just outside it, a weird looking being, not unlike an astronaut.
“What’s going on?” I wondered. “Are we hosting Sci-Fi productions as a new income generation scheme? Or maybe I’ve missed headline news about a zombie apocalypse in Gloucester?”
Thankfully, the aliens hadn’t landed and there was a simple explanation for the tunnel and the man in coveralls – asbestos removal. This work is taking place in both our main building and the Horsa huts opposite the old overflow parking area. It is an essential part of our building programme and is being carried out by experts. Once it’s been completed, it will allow our builders to push on with the removal of internal walls (to create new Heritage Hub spaces) and demolish the Horsa huts (to provide a new onsite access route). All being well, we should see some of this action next week. Meantime, “Live long and prosper”!
These photos show the controls needed to remove asbestos from a floor duct. The route is sealed to prevent the escape of fibres. Workers take a shower in the mobile unit after they have taken off their overalls and masks, which they put into sealed plastic bags.