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Green Shield Provide Asbestos Surveys to Starbucks Nationwide


Starbucks is the leading global coffee house brand with a largenumber of stores throughout the UK.   The coffee shop chain continues to expand in the UK opening new stores every year as well as refurbishing and improving existing coffee shops. Prior to any major refurbishment an intrusive asbestos refurbishment survey is required under the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012. This is to ensure asbestos containing materials (ACMs ) are identified and suitable and sufficient information made available prior to refurbishment work commencing therefore minimising the risk of disturbing ACM and maintaining a safe working environment.


Green Shield a leading UK asbestos consultancy was approached by Evolve a major architectural and project management company on behalf of Starbucks to carry out asbestos surveys of both existing and new stores. Working in partnership with Evolve Green Shield has delivered refurbishment asbestos surveys and consulting services to over 160 Starbucks outlets.  The work is truly nationwide and stores have been surveyed covering the lengths and breadth of the UK from Inverness to Kent including stores in Ireland.


Effective communication between the three parties has been key to ensuring smooth running of the project.  The surveys are carried out by highly experienced and qualified Green Shield team of specialist surveyors.  Due to the nature of the work, the majority of surveys need to be carried out of hours especially late at night and often within limited timescale. At times emergency next day service was provided to ensure minimum interruption to the scheduled work.  Green Shield surveyors often work alongside a contractor when more destructive inspection is required.  Specialist tools are utilised to gain access into the fabric of the building to ensure no asbestos is missed within the scope of the works. As some of the refurbishment may be applicable to operational stores, all such areas are made good and are thoroughly cleaned by Green Shield surveyors before any handover.


The outcome of the surveys are easy to read asbestos survey reports that are designed to provide both a snapshot and detail of the location of ACMs in the premises to the contractors in the most suitable format. The reports enable effortless scoping and pricing of any resulting asbestos removal should ACM be identified.  The rapid turnaround of survey reports has been imperative to ensuring minimum interruptions to the overall refurbishment project.  Green Shield has also provided support and advice throughout the process on all asbestos related matters including regulatory compliance.

This project which is still ongoing is a prime example of Green Shield’s ability to deliver services to a national retail chain and work in partnership with other stake contractors to deliver overall project success.


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