When it comes to asbestos removal, safety is always our primary consideration.

It’s not as simple as just removing the asbestos-containing materials; there is a strict process that must be carried out before, during and after asbestos removal to ensure the environment is safe for reoccupation.

At Nichol Associates, we’ve worked on lots of different removal projects since 2006, making us one of the region’s leading and most trustworthy providers of asbestos services.


How asbestos removal works


First things first; all removal projects are carried out carefully within controlled conditions and following best practice guidelines and health and safety regulations.

Most commonly, we find that buildings constructed or refurbished between the 1950s and mid-1980s are likely to house asbestos-containing materials. However, that doesn’t mean more recent properties come without risk. All domestic and non-domestic properties built before 2000 could contain asbestos and would require an asbestos survey.


Following the survey, you may require the removal of asbestos-containing materials which we can carry out for you and arrange for certification of clearance before we can approve the building for reoccupation.

We offer 3 types of removal service


Licensed Asbestos Removal

Non-Licensed Asbestos Removal

Contaminated Land

Licensed Asbestos Removal


As the name suggests, this type of asbestos removal must be carried out by a contractor licensed by the Health & Safety Executive, as it pertains to the removal of asbestos material that pose “significant hazard, risk or public concern.” We are not only licensed to perform these duties, but we are also highly experienced in minimising risk when it comes to asbestos removal.

This category covers high-risk materials, which may freely release asbestos fibres into the atmosphere, such as:

  • Sprayed asbestos coatings

  • Pipe and boiler lagging

  • Asbestos paper and cardboard

  • Millboard and insulation board


Non-Licensed Asbestos Removal

The removal of lower risk materials can be carried out by competent contractors, and a license is not required. However, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of qualified removal as the risk is still very much present.

Simply because the materials don’t require a license for removal, that’s not to say any contractor should carry out the work. All contractors must have specialist training and insurance.

Non-licensed materials can include:

  • Asbestos cement

  • Textured coatings (i.e Artex)

  • Thermoplastic vinyl floor tiles & coverings

  • Composite resin materials

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Contaminated Land

At Nichol Associates, we provide contaminated land investigations covering a range of issues from pollution incidents to long term redevelopment of sites.

We support our clients to understand environmental conditions on-site from the perspective of human health, the risk to controlled waters and land sale or purchase.

Land contamination projects vary depending on the site, while previous asbestos contamination levels determine the removal process required.


Following our inspection of the contaminated site, we will make informed recommendations for the next course of action.

Contact us to find out more about our asbestos removal services.