Historically asbestos was seen as a ‘magic mineral’, incredibly strong and resistant to heat, electricity and water.

It was used by the Greeks and Romans who recognised its unique fire retardant properties.  In more recent times asbestos found a multitude of commercial and industrial applications especially when building materials were in short supply after the Second World War.  It was used as insulation, roof tiles, fire resistant suits, even in cosmetics.  Asbestos appeared to be a ‘miracle product.’

Today we recognise the dangers associated with its use.  In the UK alone more than 5,000 people die every year from asbestos-related disease (HSE statistics).  The majority of these deaths occur as a result of workplace exposure, and most of them are in the construction industry.

Asbestos refers to a group of minerals made of long fibres.  Although its use has been banned in many countries, it is still mined today, with Russian and China being two of the biggest producers. There are three main types of asbestos which are usually referred to by their colour:  crocidolite (blue), amosite (brown) and chrysotile (white).  They are all hazardous.

Unlike amosite and crocidolite, which were banned in 1985, the use of chrysotile continued in the UK until 1999.   Therefore, asbestos is likely to be present in any building constructed or refurbished before the year 2000 – roofs, ceilings, walls and floors could all be contaminated.

Left undisturbed, asbestos poses no threat but during maintenance, alteration, removal or demolition of asbestos containing materials, asbestos fibres are released into the environment.  Inhalation of these fibres can be fatal.

Asbestos-related disease

The four main diseases associated with asbestos exposure are all connected with the lungs, namely asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural plaques, in which the membrane that covers the lungs is damaged by asbestos but the lungs themselves are unharmed.

Those who worked with asbestos during the latter half of the last century, could have inhaled asbestos fibres over an extended period of time resulting in asbestosis. Since regulations to restrict exposure were put in place over 40 years ago, it is now a relatively rare condition.

In sharp contrast to asbestosis, the number of cases of mesothelioma has recently increased. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells which make up the lining of the outer surface of organs including the lungs, heart and gut.  Pleural mesothelioma – the most common type – can develop in the tissue covering the lungs while peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdomen.  Mesothelioma can be caused by workers being exposed to small amounts of asbestos fibre over a short period of time, for instance during demolition work or maintenance work drilling or cutting into areas where asbestos might be present.

It can take over 20 years for symptoms of mesothelioma to materialise and sadly, the outlook for mesothelioma sufferers is poor because it is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage.  Around 2,5000 of the 5,000 deaths from asbestos related diseases recorded annually are as a result of mesothelioma.

Duty to manage

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires employers to ensure that a risk assessment for the presence and condition of asbestos is undertaken which can be either intrusive or non-intrusive dependent on the work to be completed.

Anyone responsible for the maintenance of non-domestic premises has a ‘duty to manage’ the asbestos in them, in order to protect anyone using or working in the premises from the risks to health that exposure to asbestos causes.

If existing asbestos containing materials are in good condition and are not likely to be damaged, they may be left in place with their condition monitored and managed to ensure they are not disturbed.

Training is mandatory for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos at work.  This includes maintenance workers and others who may come into contact with or disturb asbestos (eg. cable installers), as well as those involved in asbestos removal work.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has good advice and guidelines which include:

  • Avoid working with asbestos wherever possible. If you’re not sure whether asbestos is present, don’t start work. Your boss or the customer should tell you whether or not asbestos is present.
  • Don’t work if the asbestos material present is a sprayed coating, board, or lagging on pipes and boilers. Only a licensed contractor should work on these.
  • Where asbestos is present, you can only continue to work if you’ve had asbestos training and you’re using the right equipment.
  • To minimise asbestos dust, use hand tools instead of power tools, and keep materials damp but not wet. Clean up as you go, using a special (class H) vacuum cleaner (not a brush). Double-bag asbestos waste and label the bags properly.
  • When working with asbestos, always wear a proper mask. Ordinary dust masks are not effective.

If there is any uncertainty about the presence of asbestos, work should stop while a competent specialist is consulted.  Asbestos is the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and will be for many years to come.

Daniel Connal Partnership offers Asbestos Awareness training courses.  For further information contact:  Mark Price on 01206 751284

 

SIMON JACKLIN

SENIOR PARTNER

Simon Jacklin BSC FRICS IMaPS MAE

“ I enjoy the buzz of helping clients unlock asset value in property through innovative design and refurbishment solutions”

I joined the Daniel Connal Partnership in 1994, became a Partner in 1997 and Joint Senior Partner in 2011.  My time is split between fee earning work, the management of the business and business development.

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Project Management Surveyor and an Incorporated Member of the Association of Project Safety.

My areas of expertise are Project Management, Dilapidations, Party Wall Advice and Defect Diagnosis.  I also act as an Expert Witness and am a member of the Academy of Experts.

Outside of work I am a keen sailor and have recently given in to the middle aged man’s craze of cycling around in tight lycra.  I am also a frustrated Ipswich Town Supporter.

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ROBERT DALE

SENIOR PARTNER

Robert Dale BSc(Hons) CEMDipFM FRICS FCABE IMaPS

“I love the teamwork in delivering a project, but relish the knowledge that our singular input is making a real difference.”

I have been joint Senior Partner of Daniel Connal Partnership since 2011, having joined the practice in 1995 and been made Partner in 1999.

As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Building Surveyor, Incorporated Member of the Association of Project Safety and experienced project manager, I enjoy helping our clients deliver their ideas for their property through successful building projects.  It is my aim that our staff enjoy their work and that we always provide the best service we can.

When I am not working I enjoy being active and spending time with my family and friends.

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JONATHAN DENNIS

PARTNER

Jonathan Dennis MA, MRICS

“As an experienced Quantity Surveyor I strive to ensure that all of our clients achieve the best possible value for money when undertaking construction works.”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership in 2011 as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, was made an associate at the start of 2015 and Partner in January 2016.

I have wide ranging experience in sectors across the industry, including Urban Regeneration, Social Housing, Industrial and Manufacture, Education, Defence, Local Authority and Health and have recently enjoyed developing my knowledge of the conservation of buildings with Listed and Ancient Monument status.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am a keen cyclist and also enjoy a leisurely walk around the golf course.

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ANDREW LONG

ASSOCIATE

Andrew Long, MEng, MSc, MRICS

“As a surveyor I delight in the opportunity and knowledge that we have a direct impact on shaping the future, bringing buildings back into service and the prospect of leaving a lasting but sustainable impression on the earth.”

I became an Associate in 2011 having joined the practice in 2010.

As a Chartered Building Surveyor, with areas of expertise in Design, Contract Administration, Project Management, Defects Diagnosis, Building Surveys and Dilapidations, I endeavour to provide our clients with the best service to enhance, preserve and obtain the maximum returns on their diverse property portfolios and building projects.

Outside of work I am in demand from my young family and friends in various active pursuits.

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JONATHAN RENSINK

ASSOCIATE

Jonathan Rensink, Tech.IOSH, AIIRSM, IMaPS

“By working hard and supporting others, you won’t be far off the quote that I take great inspiration from. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort”. Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

I joined DCP in 1999 and was made an Associate in 2013.

A NEBOSH qualified Health and Safety Consultant; my areas of expertise are Health & Safety, CDM 2015 and the provision of Fire Safety and Risk Management advice.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, badminton and football, taking a keen interest in my local football club, Wivenhoe Town.

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JASON FROUDE

PARTNER

Jason Froude BSc (Hons) MRICS

“As an experienced Chartered Surveyor, my number one aim is to deliver success in terms of my Client’s expectations”

Having joined the Daniel Connal Partnership in 2002, I was made an Associate in 2013 and became a Partner in the London office in 2018. I am a Chartered Building Surveyor, with over 15 years experience and a wide ranging skill base over many industry sectors specialising in Project Management, Party Wall, Building Surveys and CDM Advice.

I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Association of Project Safety.

Lucky enough to have the Surrey Hills on my door step, I am a keen rambler, cycling enthusiast and lawn bowler for my local Lawn Bowls team. For my sins I am also a Crystal Palace Supporter.

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JOHN READ

ASSOCIATE

JOHN READ BSC (HONS) GRAD DIP MRICS MFPWS RMAPS

“It gives me great pride to take projects from inception to completion whilst working closely with the clients to meet their design and cost expectations through construction knowledge, design acumen and property expertise”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership in 2003 as a trainee Building Surveyor with a BSc in Geography and then undertook a post graduate conversion course at Anglia Ruskin University. I became a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2010 and was made an Associate of the Practice at the start of 2015.

I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Association of Project Safety and the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

I have a wide ranging skill base over many industry sectors specialising in Design, Contract Administration, Party Wall and CDM Co-ordination.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am a keen cricketer and partake in weekly five a side football. I am fortunate to live in the Norfolk countryside and enjoy the benefits of long country walks and sunny days at the beach.

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PAUL COLEMAN

ASSOCIATE

PAUL COLEMAN BSC MCIOB MRICS

“I look to use my varied career experience to the benefit of each client and to produce the best outcome on every project”

I was appointed Associate at the Colchester Office in January 2016 having joined the Practice in January 2015.

I am both a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager and have over 30 years’ experience working in both private practice and for contractors. I also have familiarity with the client’s perspective having overseen redevelopment of the buildings at my Church.

My varied experience & knowledge enables me to provide a balanced view on projects for the benefit of all parties involved in the construction process.

I am a Deacon & Trustee of my Baptist Church in Ipswich; enjoy theatre, visiting National Trust Properties and a game or two of tennis in the summer months.

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COLIN BARNETT

ASSOCIATE

Colin Barnertt BSC, MRICS, MCIOB

“I have been involved on a wide spectrum of projects working with the Client and Design Team. I enjoy seeing the initial concept develop to become a physical space knowing that I have been a part of and have contributed to that process”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership as an Associate of the Practice in August 2016.

I have over 25 years experience in private practice including being seconded to Client teams and a brief spell of working overseas. During this time I have gained experience in infrastructure, residential, healthcare, education and retail sectors working on projects from inception through to completion

I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Builders.

I enjoy playing the electric guitar, cycling around Epping Forest and the occasional round of golf, limited to when the sun is shining.

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RICHARD BEDFORD

ASSOCIATE

Richard Bedford DIP SURV MRICS MCIAT

“As an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor my key aim is always to act with my client’s best interests in mind, delivering high quality building surveying services to them at all times.”

I became an Associate of the practice in November 2016, having joined DCP earlier that year.

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Architectural Technologist with over 28 years experience across a wide range of industry sectors.

A Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, I also act as an RICS APC mentor for the building surveying pathway, helping candidates achieve Chartered status.

When not out surveying buildings I am an avid wildlife photographer and an agency photographer for the RSPB.

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ALASTAIR CLARK

CONSULTANT

Alastair Clark BSc (Hons) MRICS

“It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to be involved with projects, especially seeing a completed building knowing that I have added value by taking a proactive approach to cost and risk management through all the stages of design and construction.”

I joined Daniel Connal Partnership as a Senior Quantity Surveyor in 2005.

Progressing to Associate in 2007, I was made Partner in charge of the Colchester office in 2011, with additional responsibility for Ball Hall (Project Management) Ltd (BHPM) from April 2012, when DCP took over their long time sports hall project management partner.

In January 2017 I became the Managing Director of Ball Hall (Project Management) Ltd.

When not flying the BHPM flag, I enjoy the occasional hack around a golf course or game of football. I am also, for my sins, a life-long supporter of West Ham.

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BOB JUNIPER

CONSULTANT

Bob Juniper FRICS FFB FCIARB

“I see surveying in its various forms as the means of providing one’s own expertise for the benefit of clients….. and satisfied clients make satisfied surveyors”

I joined what was then Daniel B Connal & Partners in 1964 straight from School and retired as Senior Partner of the Daniel Connal Partnership in 2010. I remain actively supporting DCP with its services, particularly those for Ball Hall Projects, whilst acting regularly as a Mediator, Adjudicator, Arbitrator and Expert Witness in my own right.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

My areas of expertise are Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Contract Administration and Dispute Resolution.

When not in the office, family life happily occupies a lot of my time, and I escape to the golf course or fish for trout when time permits. I am also a Trustee of Headway Essex.

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