There is much much more than what is shown in this video. There is a lot and it varies in color from white to grey. Consider that asbestos was used for pretty much everything when this block was built. The percentage of asbestos used is unknown in the different materials, but I can guarantee that there is asbestos here in at least some of this, or more likely all of it. Even if the asbestos percentage is low (which I doubt it is) just smashing the internal walls of the flats like this is the worst possible way to remove it. Dust from everything would go everywhere, and just using an asbestos mask won’t be enough to protect you.

I feel sorry for the poor workers who were forced to do this.



  1. Hi Beno, I've got an interesting question about limit switched on MRL lifts. I was in a Kone MRL today, and when it reached the top floor it kept going up then stopped and into the "out of service" message, I forced the doors open (after trying all the buttons and alarm), and the elevator was more than half way above the top floor! It looks like it's hit the top limit switch, as it stopped suddenly while I was in it as if safety was broken.

    How would they fix an overrun MRL, since there is no access to hand wind the lift from in the machine room with a traditional traction lift, and it will freefall up. I've looked in this lift shaft ages ago, and it's a concrete box with no roof access and a very tight fit. Would there be a safety override and the lift can be driven back down on inspection?

  2. I see a wide variaty of materials from gypsum board to wood/straw cement boards. It might contain asbestos but it's not certain unless you have a sample tested in a lab. With 1960's buildings you can be assured that there is high probability there's some asbestos containment in that mix of materials. But, if it really contains asbestos, the room should be sealed off with plastic and contaminated materials packed in plastic bags that are marked with warnings. Also if the area is still contaminated, it should have warning notifications all over the place. In this room, it's more likely that the asbestos has already been removed, that is if, the demolition firm is working by the proper regulations. Asbestos removal is subject to a lot of strict regulations in countries where it's use has been banned. Often, before something gets stripped the planning permit will require an asbestos risk assement prior to carrying out the work. In the netherlands this is mandatory, demolition works are also subject to a permit. I bet it won't be much different in the UK.

  3. That white stuff is more like plaster board.

    Asbestos in wall panels is more of a silicate like material and is not as white as plaster board.

    The asbestos would have been removed prior to demolition.

    There's a video / pics around showing that there was a "potential risk"

    Just search the local councils site there should be information on the removal.


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