Asbestos management firm wins Birmingham city contract

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A Wolverhampton environmental specialist firm has won a major contract to provide asbestos management services for a Birmingham city centre project…

Lucion Environmental will deliver asbestos management services on a £500m project aimed at transforming Birmingham city centre.

The Paradise scheme will combine commercial, retail, and leisure facilities to transform the site.

Lucion Environmental will survey, air test, and analyse the site, supporting the demolition of the 17-acre development.

The contract was awarded by building company Carillion. The firm, also based in Wolverhampton, is the main contractor on the scheme and is undertaking the enabling and infrastructure works.

The value of the asbestos contract is unknown, but it is expect Lucion Environmental will complete the first phase of work during the summer.

Carillion’s Project Manager Nick Reay said: “Paradise is one of the biggest and most important redevelopment projects currently underway in the country.

“Lucion impressed with their experience together with the ability to deliver an added value solution that will enable us to meet stringent asbestos compliance requirements.”

Lucion’s West Midlands’ regional manager Ross Folley also commented. He said: “We were delighted to have secured this contract, demonstrating that we have the expertise required to deliver quality asbestos management services for major construction projects.

“Investment in training and people means we have the skills to manage large, complex projects like this one while ensuring that buildings and infrastructure are properly assessed for asbestos and customers achieve compliance with environmental legislation.”

Lucion was formed in 2003 and has its head office in Gateshead. It also specialises in the identification of asbestos in soil and contaminated land. It has eight offices nationwide and employs hundreds of workers.

The firm, which also works for Network Rail, Powys County Council, and Aberystwyth University, hopes to see 20 per cent growth in its company over the next 18 months.

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