Asbestos Management, Grimsthorpe Castle

Grimsthorpe Castle is the centrepiece of a large estate based in rural Lincolnshire. It is a large quadrangular house with a central courtyard. Each section has a different appearance, reflecting the different architectural styles that have been employed here since the building was constructed in the 13th century.

Grimsthorpe Castle has been in the Willoughby de Eresby family for five hundred years. Rising majestically from the undulating landscape of south Lincolnshire, the castle is set in extensive parkland of great antiquity.

The oldest part of the castle, King John’s Tower, was built in the early 13th century. It is the main front which gives the castle its grandeur and dramatic scale. The final masterpiece of Sir John Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.

Ensafe were initially approached by the Head of estates in regards to undertaking removal works within the large basement area that had been sealed off due to the asbestos located within. Given the castles grade 1 listing whereby renovation work can sometimes be restricted, Ensafe jumped at the challenging yet great opportunity to take on some asbestos works at this prestigious estate.

Ensafe’s initial task was to draw up the specification for safely removing the asbestos within the basement areas whilst protecting the listed status of the property and to ensure that the castle could remain open and in operation during the works. Once agreed the specification was issued out to tender by Ensafe to multiple asbestos removal contractors in order to get a full range of costs and timescales.

Various site planning meetings were scheduled in so that works could be formally discussed, planned and that the H&S and Trust were satisfied with the plan of works. “Within weeks the works were undertaken and the basement was cleared and made safe for reuse.

Following on from these works Ensafe were then asked to conduct a complete management survey to the entire castle, which again was a challenging task given the grade 1 listing. The survey was planned to ensure appropriate areas could be inspected and to ensure none of the many decorative features, paintings or tapestries were damaged in any way during the survey.

Once completed the new survey information was issued to the estates' team and was also uploaded onto an online asbestos register and database that the client could view remotely if required.

The survey also highlighted areas which required remediation. After consolidating this information Ensafe assembled comprehensive asbestos removal specifications which were then tendered out on behalf of the client to achieve the best value. Ongoing asbestos management is now being undertaken by Ensafe with re-inspections happening annually and remedial work carried out as & when required.

Ensafe subsequently have been tasked with undertaking asbestos surveys to various properties and estates building within Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust’s portfolios.

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