First office – South Woodford, Essex
It all started in 1994 from offices in South Woodford, Essex, originally formed to undertake asbestos removal work for the London Borough of Havering.
Investors in People
In 2000, AA Woods became ‘Investors In People’ accredited – the first asbestos company to achieve this.
Acquired by David and Tara Petri
In 2003 the business was acquired by the current owners David and Tara Petri.
On the move
In 2004 the growing business was relocated to larger offices in Harlow, Essex which is now the company HQ.
First regional office
In 2005 we opened our first regional office to service new secured frameworks in the South West of England.
Secured an 8 year, £15m contract
In 2010 we secured an 8 year contract to remove all asbestos from Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl, the largest hospital in North Wales. The final contract value was in excess of £15m.
40+ Public OJEU Tendered Frameworks
In years 2011 to 2014, the business secured in excess of 40 public OJEU tendered frameworks and term contracts, which significantly contributed to the growth of the business
In 2013 a further regional office was opened in Cardiff, South Wales.
In 2014 we opened a further regional office in Wellington, near Taunton to service the growing demand in the South West of England.
In 2015 we introduced our first electronic vehicles into our company fleet.
In 2017 we became Carbon Neutral.
Acquired Crest Environmental Ltd
In 2018, the business acquired Crest Environmental Ltd, a leading remediation contractor based in St. Helens and re-branded as Woods to service clients in the North of England.
25 years of Trading
In 2019 we celebrated 25 years of successful trading.
Merger of Cardiff and Wellington offices
In 2021 the South West regional offices were relocated into one larger more central office in Bristol.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material regularly used in building work from the 1950’s up until the late 1990’s. Any building built or refurbished before the year 2000 may contain asbestos. Asbestos was often used as an insulation and fire-proofing material and is regularly found in products such as ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, boilers, sprayed coatings and garage roofs. There are three main different types of asbestos, chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue). Removing asbestos is particularly dangerous as the fibres become harmful when disturbed and released into the atmosphere. The risk of releasing these dangerous fibres is particularly high without proper training, equipment and control measures and if handled incorrectly and inhaled can cause serious asbestos related diseases. It can take as little as 10 years and up to 50 years to develop these diseases depending on exposure. Asbestos exposure causes 5,000 deaths every year, vastly more than the number of people killed on UK roads.
We operate a business platform that standardises the way our staff undertake business critical tasks, providing them with the necessary tools to aid them in completing their job more efficiently. Each site team are assigned a 'tablet' hand held device which allows them to access all work instructions and relevant documentation required for the task.
This platform streamlines the management of the asbestos contract processes and adherence to sector legislation. Planned and responsive works such as risk assessments, re-inspections, asbestos removal and containment are effectively scheduled and managed. The system digitally deploys compliance checklists and records key data on ACM's, air testing, waste consignment, exposure rates, H&S, staff training and sustainability.
A centralised management dashboard allows multiple sites to be monitored in real time. Records of scheduled works are updated instantly. Clearance certificates are issued and distributed at the touch of a button.
Skills and Training
We recognise the value and importance of providing opportunities to staff to develop their job-related knowledge and skills and expects that with development and training individual effectiveness and motivation will increase.
All staff are continuously assessed through audit and competency checks carried out by our Compliance Team, Managers and Site Supervisors. This information is gathered to enable us to produce a relevant training needs analysis (TNA) programme delivered using our state of the art training facility to ensure that all individuals' needs are met.