Listed / Heritage

Woods undertake removal activities for a range of Listed and Heritage sector clients, with a wide and varied portfolio. Often operating as the lead contractor on site, our clients entrust us with their specialist work thanks to our wealth of experience and proven track record.

Buscot Park

Buscot Park was built between 1780 and 1783 and is the family home of Lord Faringdon who looks after the property on behalf of the National Trust as well as the family collection of pictures, furniture, ceramics and objets d’art known as the Faringdon Collection

Woods were commissioned to remove hardset pipework insulation using needle injection from the loft void(s) directly above the main staircase and on completion we installed replacement insulated water tanks and reinsulated all previously removed asbestos insulation with Rockwool MMMF.

A bespoke crash deck was erected beneath the main staircase to prevent falls from height and access within the loft void(s) was created via a further independent scaffold staircase erected external to the building.

Great care was taken to ensure no decorative finishes were damaged as a result of the remediation process, installing additional support decking and lighting where necessary whilst the building remained open (to the public) throughout the duration of the project.

Client: The National Trust

Duration: 8 weeks

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is a listed museum ship, permanently moored in London on the River Thames and operated by the Imperial War Museum. The museum is one of the capital’s key tourist attractions with over 250,000 visitors each year.

Woods have successfully delivered numerous projects on the ship with each project undergoing intense pre-planning in close collaboration with the client. Key considerations have included:

- Undertaking the works in strict accordance to its listed status - Carrying out condition surveys prior to commencing works - Identifying museum property requiring protection

- Encapsulating existing asbestos that cannot be removed, with a rigid fibre glass coating

- Ensuring the works are carefully segregated away from site users and members of the public

- Access issues for the safe transportation of waste materials (During some phases there was no walkway gantry to the ship, therefore all waste and materials had to be transferred from the vessel via tug boat to shore).

Client: Imperial War Museum

Duration: Since 2012

Royal Star and Garter

The Royal Star and Garter Home in Richmond, London was built between 1921 and 1924 to provide accommodation and nursing facilities for 180 seriously injured servicemen.

In 1948 residents of the home took part in a forerunner of the Paralympic Games, the first national athletic event for disabled athletes.

The building which is Grade 11 listed was sold in 2013 to a housing developer, who is in the process of restoring and converting the building into apartments.

To facilitate this Woods were commissioned to remove asbestos mainly in the form of asbestos insulation board to risers, stairwells and corridors.

Client: O’Keefe Construction

Duration: 16 weeks

Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford

The aerodrome at Duxford was built during the First World War and was one of the earliest Royal Air Force stations.

In 1924, under reorganised Home Defence arrangements, RAF Duxford became a fighter station, a role it was to carry out with distinction for 37 years. In June 1940 Belgium, Holland and France fell to German forces and the conquest of Britain was Germany’s next objective.

RAF Duxford was placed in a high state of readiness. The period of intense air fighting that followed has become known as the Battle of Britain, and RAF Duxford played a vital role in Britain’s air defence.

Today IWM Duxford is established as the European centre of aviation history. The historic site, outstanding collections of exhibits and regular world-renowned Air Shows combine a unique museum where history really is in the air.

Woods were commissioned to remove asbestos insulation debris and residues from numerous loft spaces, including the re-insulation of these loft spaces using Rockwool MMMF. Furthermore we removed numerous collapsed ceilings from adjacent rooms and reinstated the ceilings on completion.

Client: Imperial War Museum

Duration: 4 weeks

ICAEW, One Moorgate Place

One Moorgate Place, also known as Chartered Accountants Hall, is headquarters to The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). One Moorgate Place is a grade II listed building which opened in 1893. ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 147,000 chartered accountants worldwide. It provides qualifications, professional development, knowledge, insight and technical expertise while protecting the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

Woods have recently completed removal works to the main restaurant as part of a wider refurbishment programme. Works involved an initial soft-strip, followed by the removal of EML ceilings, walls, redundant ductwork, a raised floor and sprayed asbestos coatings. Works and shifts were coordinated (including night shifts and weekends) to ensure the day to day activities of the ICAEW and their events were not disrupted, all asbestos waste was removed out of hours using wait and load skips.

Client: ICAEW

Duration: 8 weeks

Middlesex Hospital Annex

Built in the 1770’s as an “H” shaped block with wings to front and rear and originally the poorhouse for the parish of Covent Garden, it became the Strand Union Workhouse in the 1830’s serving a Union of Parishes in the Strand district under the new hated Poor Law.

Charles Dickens was aware of the changing regime and wrote about it in Oliver Twist. This building features not only in the original novel but also in stage and screen adaptions with Oliver famously sent back to Mr Bumble to beg “Please sir, I want some more ”.

To facilitate the creation of 50 new apartments we have removed in excess of 1000 L/M of asbestos lagged pipework, decontaminated three large loft spaces containing asbestos insulation debris and pigeon guano throughout and decontaminated the Boiler Room including the removal of Robin Hood boilers and removed sprayed asbestos flock beneath two large asbestos roofs.

This Grade II listed building will be left standing and refurbished, but surrounding buildings will be knocked down to create a part 4, part 5 and part 8 storey building.

Client: Ark Build Plc

Duration: 16 Weeks


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