A Refurbishment/Demolition Survey, extends the ‘Management Survey’, to include investigations into all reasonably accessible sealed voids and the fabric of the building. This survey includes breaking through partition walls, ceilings etc. to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos and, normally, this is carried out prior to demolition or refurbishment works where significant damage to the building will not be a problem. This will result in damage to stud partition walls, plasterboard ceilings, wood riser covers, doors, computer floors, carpets, kitchens, bathrooms etc. The damage caused by this type of survey is kept to a minimum, but in some cases requires reinstatement, which is not included in the survey unless pre-arranged.
A Refurbishment/Demolition Survey shall only be carried out if safe to do so – for example if there are live services inside a building, access may not be possible to certain areas and may require a further visit in the future. This survey type shall result in a more accurate survey, but will again take more time and hence entail a greater cost. In addition, an asbestos register is not included in this type of survey, as it is presumed that all asbestos materials identified are to be removed to facilitate the refurbishment or demolition works.