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Asbestos & Pigeon Guano removal, Old Memorial Hospital

Pigeon Infestation

We have been tasked with the removal of all asbestos containing materials and also to clear up the remains of a pigeon infestation, including the safe removal and disposal of pigeon guano (poo). This site is based in Cirencester and is due to be demolished by our principle contractor, it was once a hospital but it has been abandoned for quite some time, and with broken windows and squatters gaining access, pigeons had also flocked in to use it as their new home. This large pigeon infestation has made the building extremely dangerous to anyone visiting.

We will first clear the site of any remaining pigeon guano whilst using orinasal half face masks and type 5-6 coveralls to reduce the risk of any health implications, as exposure to this can cause a rare respiratory disease that can be fatal. All surfaces will be wetted down to reduce any dust movement in the air of the harmful particles. Another potential hazard form pigeon guano is catching Salmonella, so safe hygiene practice is essential.

Piegeon infestation in the attic Asbestos operative inspecting pigeon guano 2

You can see from the images that there is a large amount of the guano inside the building in various locations. These are our ‘before’ pictures.

The pigeons had clearly been present for quite some time, and even eggs were hatched on the floor

The pigeons had clearly been present for quite some time, and even eggs were hatched on the floor

Asbestos Removal

We will then proceed to remove the asbestos containing materials within the building.

Asbestos operative inspecting asbestos pipes in the basement

Asbestos operative inspecting asbestos pipes in the basement

Our team will be removing pipes from various locations across the building that contain asbestos insulation to clear the site for demolition. Once this has been done, we will provide an update with ‘after’ pictures so you can see the difference.

Asbestos insulation pipes basement 3

We can’t wait to show you the progress!

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