Sectors and Projects
Woods operates in a broad range of market sectors on a national scale. We provide solutions to some of the most challenging projects within the industry.
Cranfield University is a British postgraduate and research based University specialising in science, engineering, technology and management. It contains two campuses with the main campus located in Cranfield, Bedfordshire. Woods have undertaken numerous asbestos removal projects at the Cranfield campus since 2012. The nature of the works has been in the main removing and disposing of asbestos insulation residues to pipework in the external district heating ducts. Some of these ducts were confined space and therefore required additional safety measures to be adopted such as escape tripods, emergency breathing apparatus and safety harnesses. Other ducts due to work being undertaken in summer months required further control measures due to high temperatures. Client: Cranfield University Duration: Since 2012
Woking Business Park
Woods were contracted to remove a collapsed asbestos cement roof from three fire damaged adjoining industrial units. The fire damaged building was unsafe and therefore all supporting walls and the collapsed roof had to be removed by machine using asbestos trained operators followed by an extensive decontamination process both within the building and to the adjoining units. Bespoke scaffold screens were erected either side of the damaged units to prevent the spread of asbestos. Client: Zelltec c/o Jones Lang Lasalle Duration: 4 weeks
Fulham Football Club
Fulham Football Club has recently gained approval to redevelop their Riverside Stand. The new design will bring the capacity of Craven Cottage up to 30,000 and bring landmark improvements for both the club and the local community. To facilitate this redevelopment Woods were commissioned to carry out asbestos removal to the undercroft running the entire length of the Riverside Stand. The undercroft was contaminated and contained sprayed asbestos debris mixed within the soil that was present around support columns, trenches and on top of the original concrete slab that sits beneath the existing stand. Beams that support the existing stand also contained sprayed residues beneath the existing fire protection and required removal. Works had to be phased around match days and functions and on some phases additional pre-planned out of hours shifts were implemented to ensure work could be completed on time. Client: Buckingham Group Duration: 12 weeks (phased programme)
Boundary Business Park
Woods were appointed as Principal Contractor to remove high level sprayed asbestos residue to 2500 L/M of steel beams to five industrial units within a busy trading estate. All beams were cleaned using the “quill” blasting technique. Approximately 19,000 bricks and 5,600 blocks were removed and disposed of as contaminated waste. All works were carried out within a “cocooned” scaffold totalling 24,000m3 in size delivered via crane in two phases. In addition we removed 240m3 of contaminated land from the rear of the site. Client: Jones Lang Lasalle Duration: 15 weeks
The Cavendish Hotel is a 230 bedroom, 4 star deluxe hotel situated on prestigious Jermyn Street, in the heart of Mayfair parallel to Piccadilly in Central London. The Cavendish London stands on the very site of the original Cavendish hotel whose most famous owner was the redoubtable Rosa Lewis, better known as the “The Duchess of Duke Street”. The present building was opened as a hotel in 1966, when it was considered one of the most modern hotels of its kind at the time. As part of a major refurbishment Woods were contracted to remove AIB debris to ceiling voids, risers, meeting rooms and basement plantrooms and the removal of partitioning and the decontamination of the ceiling void above the entire reception area accessed via a dancefloor scaffold. As the hotel was to remain fully operational during the works the project required careful planning in close collaboration with the client. A key consideration at the planning stage was ensuring the works were carefully segregated (hoarding and signage) from hotel guests, staff and members of the public. This included constructing a canopy over the rear courtyard which ensured guests were unable to view the daily activities of our site teams, including transiting procedures. The loading and unloading of waste materials were undertaken out of hours utilising a collection service to avoid the need to site a sealed waste container. Client: The Cavendish London Duration: 8 weeks
Cardiff Airport is the national airport for Wales and has been under the ownership of the Welsh Government since March 2013. Passenger numbers were £1.2m in 2015 Woods were commissioned to undertake a complex asbestos removal project involving the removal of sprayed asbestos residues to walls, columns, beams and ceiling slab to the ceiling voids within the first floor customer areas. These works formed part of a multi–million pound refurbishment programme. Since 2013 Cardiff Airport has undergone a huge transformation with improvements made to the terminal, surrounding infrastructure, customer service standards and also the introduction of new routes. This project was extremely high profile given that the work areas were in close proximity to the public lounge areas and customer check-in. Woods were responsible for the design and install of a purpose built tunnel that was erected beneath our enclosure to assist with the re-route of passengers during these necessary works. We installed bespoke scaffold platforms for access into the enclosure and built a separate scaffold platform designed to enable the transfer waste from the terminal building without having to cross public areas. Due to noise limits the majority of the quill blasting was undertaken during night shifts. Twice weekly meetings were held with senior airport maintenance managers and the principal contractor throughout the life of the contract. Client: Cardiff Airport Duration: 8 weeks
TfL Camden Town Deep Level Shelter
Woods were engaged to remove and dispose of asbestos cable wrap, durasteel panels and AIB boarding from the disused Deep Level Shelter located in Camden Town Underground Station In addition we removed the lead paint from the central core and staircase, dismantled the double helix spiral staircase, installed a new staircase and painted the entire area/shaft on completion. Access within the central core was challenging and was provided by refurbishing the redundant lift operated by asbestos trained lift engineers within the enclosure. Client: Tubelines (TfL framework) Duration: 6 weeks
Exeter International Airport
Exeter International Airport is an airport located in East Devon close to the city of Exeter. In 2007 the airport handled over 1 million passengers for the first time. The airport offers both scheduled and holiday charter flights within the United Kingdom and Europe. Woods were contracted to remove contaminated land from the external area adjacent to the training building. Works involved asbestos trained personnel operating excavating machinery within a fully demarcated work zone to remove the contaminated soil in to sealed skips and transfer direct to landfill. The land was suppressed throughout the duration of the works, excavations were ceased at regular intervals to allow for additional extraction of ACM’s by hand and to apply further suppressant to the newly exposed ground created by the necessary excavation works. Client: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Duration: 3 weeks
TfL Lost Property Baker Street
Woods delivered complex asbestos removal and re-insulation works to both the Lost Property and Revenue Control Office to facilitate the installation of a new fire alarm system upgrade. The works involved the removal of insulation residues to pipes, beams, walls and ceiling voids. The works required the installation of a bespoke scaffold birdcage to be erected to enable the removal works to be undertaken within these ceiling voids and still enable the Lost Property and Revenue Control office to remain fully operational during the course of our works. Client: Transport for London Duration: 5 weeks
Better Barnsley – Town Centre Buildings
As part of the Better Barnsley Regeneration project to make significant improvements to Barnsley Town Centre, Woods were contracted to remove pigeon guano, undertake controlled soft-strip works and remove asbestos on the form of Insulation Boards to the seven storey TEC building, Civic Offices and surrounding shop units. Woods as Principal Contractor had total responsibility for services co-ordination, welfare, site security and sub-contractors. The erection of temporary screens/hoarding and suitable warning signage were implemented to segregate the works from council employees and other building users, members pf the public and occupiers from adjacent businesses. Client: Barnsley Metropolitan Council Duration: 23 weeks
Wolverhampton Civic and Wulfrun Hall
Woods were appointed as Principal Contractor to remove sprayed asbestos and debris from internal walls, boiler rooms, balcony ceilings and to both high level loft spaces above the Civic and Wulfrun Halls. Both lofts were accessed by two large birdcage scaffolds installed by Woods also acting as crash decks whilst the works were in progress. Extensive protection was required to the concert hall floors to protect from damage and preserve the buildings listed status. The Civic Hall is a music venue in Wolverhampton and has been one of the most notable live music venues in the county for decades. The complex is owned and managed by Wolverhampton City Council and is a Grade 2 listed building. The removal works are part of a £10m revamp that will increase the capacity of the venue to 5,000 and create new bars and toilets and access for disabled visitors will also be upgraded. Works are due to complete by the summer of 2017. Client: Wolverhampton City Council Duration: 12 weeks
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
Coleg Y Cymoedd
Following a merger in 2013 between the College Ystrad Mynach and Coleg Morgannwg, Coleg Y Cymoedd is now one of the largest education providers in Wales with an estimated 20,000 students and 1,000 members of staff. Woods were contracted on an emergency basis to remove asbestos from high level purlins within Blocks C and F of the Main Campus Building. Temporary walkways, and segregation were erected to safeguard all building users and minimise disruption to the students. We worked round the clock to complete the works in the shortest timescale possible to ensure classrooms could be handed back at the earliest opportunity to allow the College to continue with their day to day activities.
University College of London (UCL)
Woods have successfully been awarded a place on the coveted UCL asbestos remediation framework to deliver a range of asbestos remediation services across the UCL estate. UCL is London’s leading multi-disciplinary university that has a large and highly complex structure with 9,000 staff and 24,000 students. Over 140 nationalities are represented among UCL students with overseas students making up nearly a third of the student body. We have recently delivered an asbestos removal project within the Faculty of Law building removing contaminated ductwork. Client: UCL Duration: 4 year framework
London Metropolitan University (LMU)
The LMU is a public research university located in London and has campuses in the City of London and the Borough of Islington. Woods have carried out a number of remediation projects to many of LMU’s stock portfolio since 2012. The nature of works required has been varied and has included a mixture of notifiable licensed and notifiable non-licensed projects including the removal of AIB door header panels, firebreaks within corridors and the decontamination of boiler rooms and ceiling voids. To accommodate the “live” environment we have introduced phased working involving round the clock shift patterns and weekends to ensure the main function of the University is not compromised. Client: LMU Duration: Since 2012
Glan Clwyd Hospital
Woods have successfully been carrying out ongoing works since 2011 within a live hospital environment at Glan Clwyd, the largest hospital in North Wales with a floor area in excess of 30,000m2. The hospital is currently undergoing a well-publicised redevelopment and Woods have been an instrumental part of this process. The project involves the removal of sprayed asbestos coatings to steelwork contained in every ceiling void throughout the hospital whilst ensuring all utilities such as power, water, gas and fire alarms remain unaffected. We continue to work closely with the hospital and main contractor in order to best manage the phasing of the works to ensure critical areas of the hospital remain fully operational, 24 hours per day. Client: Laing O’ Rourke c/o Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Duration: Since 2011
Llanfrecha Grange Hospital
Woods were contracted to deliver asbestos removal to Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital prior to demolition to make way for a new £241m Specialist and Critical Care Centre due to open in the Summer of 2019. Old administration blocks, and villa buildings that used to be home to long-stay patients, are being knocked down as part of preparations for a new era of healthcare on the site. Works involved asbestos removal to thirteen buildings including the removal of residues to the boiler room and AIB debris to the underground duct system and AIB fillets to window surrounds. Extensive further non-licensed ACM’s in the form artex, floor tiles and AC soffits were also removed. Client: Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Duration: 8 weeks
Eastman Dental Hospital
Woods successfully delivered a challenging removal project within the basement of the Eastman Dental Hospital. This complex project involved multiple confined space enclosures and removal techniques to both void and occupied areas to remove asbestos insulation debris to walls, beams and floors and to both live and redundant pipework within two large under crofts under fully controlled asbestos conditions. Client: University College of London Hospitals Duration: 8 weeks
Royal Star and Garter
Woods were commissioned to undertake extensive asbestos removal to this iconic Grade 2 listed building as part of a refurbishment project to transform the former military hospital into luxury residential houses. The Royal Star and Garter Home in Richmond was built between 1921 and 1924 to a design by Sir Edwin Cooper to provide accommodation and nursing facilities for 180 seriously injured servicemen. Ahead of the charity’s move to a new care home in Surbiton in the Summer of 2016 Woods removed asbestos from the entire property involving the decontamination of numerous risers, pipework within corridors, AIB panels to door headers and AIB debris to ceiling voids and wall panels. The project involved extensive planning with the Main Contractor to ensure the works did not compromise the buildings listed status. Client: O’Keefe Construction Duration: 16 weeks
Milton Keynes Council
Woods have been working in partnership with Milton Keynes Council (MKC) as their sole asbestos removal contractor since October 2011, delivering both responsive and planned asbestos removal works. MKC’s primary assets are approximately 11,600 tenanted properties, plus shops and circa 3,000 lock-up garages that generate income. The council also has 1,600 shared ownership properties and 1,500 leaseholders. We provide removal and reinstatement works within occupied and void properties throughout MKC’s property portfolio. We are responsible for all tenant liaison and operate a 24/7 emergency call out service. All works are delivered by our directly employed labour including a dedicated Contracts Administration Team, comprising an Account Manager, Contract Manager, Administrator, Tenant Liaison Officer, Site Supervisors, Operatives, and Reinstatement Teams.
Felmores Estate, Basildon
Woods were appointed as the sole provider to undertake asbestos removal services to the entire Felmores Estate (cxxxx properties) as part of a £6.3m regeneration project. The works included the removal of asbestos to external cladding, rooflines, porches, bin sheds and communal walkways. Further works included improving the external wall insulation, fire improvement works, re-cladding and relocation of bin stores. Client: Wates Living Space Duration: 52 weeks
Luton Borough Council
Woods have been working with Luton Borough Council (LBC) since 2005 as their sole provider of asbestos removal services. LBC is responsible for the maintenance and management of approximately 8,500 affordable housing properties. The works required predominately form part of Bathroom , Kitchen or Boiler Replacement Programmes, Planned Maintenance Works and / or Responsive Maintenance Works. The works typically include the removal of bath panels, riser panels, door headers, flue pipes, soffits, warm air units, cisterns, bin sheds, floor tiles, cement garages, garage roofs and textured coatings to both void and tenanted properties. We also re-instate garage roofs and soffits post removal works.
Curo Housing is a not for profit housing and support organisation based in Bath, providing affordable homes and high quality care and support services across the West of England. Curo Housing manage 12,000 homes and provide services across eight local authority areas. Woods were awarded a four year measured term framework following our lead position in the Westworks Procurement Partnership to remove licensed and non-licensed ACM’s to domestic properties and sheltered accommodation schemes with several work streams focused on planned maintenance such as kitchen and bathroom refurbishment programmes and meter cupboard replacements. We continue to undertake re-instatement works post insulation board removal replacing with non-hazardous fire rated material such as fireline and supalux. Client: Curo Housing Duration: 4 year Measured Term Framework
Poole Housing Partnership
Woods have been working on behalf of Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) and the Borough of Poole as their sole provider of asbestos removal services since 2004. Their property portfolio comprises in excess of 4,600 properties consisting of both residential (occupied and void) and commercial properties. To date we have successfully delivered notifiable, non-notifiable, notifiable non-licensed and non-licensed removals throughout the vast majority of this portfolio.
Woods has been successfully carrying out on-going works to the Glan Clwyd Hospital (the largest hospital in North Wales with a floor area in excess of 30,000m2) since early 2011.
The hospital is currently undergoing a well-publicised redevelopment and we have been an instrumental part of this process.
These works highlight our ability to deliver high value, complex project work whilst enabling the client to remain fully operational during our removal works. The project involves a significant amount of planning and we continue to work closely with all Stakeholders in order to best manage the phasing of the works to ensure site critical areas of the hospital remain fully operational, 24 hours a day
We continue to remove sprayed asbestos costings applied to steel beams in every ceiling void throughout the hospital, whilst ensuring all hospital utilities such as power, water, gas and fire alarms are not compromised at any stage during the process.
The project requires us to create, manage and deliver a specialist supply chain including licensed scaffolders, hoarding contractors and trained asbestos electricians who must enter our enclosures to survey and then identify which services are live and which services can be isolated before removal commences.
The project requires us to work weekends and out of hours and includes the provision of an emergency response service.
In April 2011 Woods were installed as the emergency call-out contractor for all asbestos works to the health board’s property portfolio which includes Glan Clwyd Hospital. This separate contract requires us to be on-site every day at Glan Clwyd and on-call out of hours every day 365 days a year with the commitment and ability to be on-site if required within 40 minutes of an emergency.
170,000 man hours without a loss time accident or incident
16,833 sub-contractor man hours without a loss time accident or incident
102 separate enclosures without an accident or incident
73 Safety Visits undertaken since 2011
Xxxx tonnes of asbestos and contaminated waste removed from site since 2011