Asbestos Removal

With coverage throughout Southern England, over 5 different regional centres, Gwella’s asbestos removal and disposal teams offer comprehensive support and licensed compliance. We provide businesses, property owners, local contractors, tradespeople and domestic clients with the necessary services to remove and dispose of asbestos waste safely and legally.

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At Gwella we have the capability of undertaking a range of asbestos removal and remediation projects throughout the United Kingdom.

We have the experience, skills and knowledge to deliver projects of all sizes, to a range of sectors including domestic, industrial and commercial clients. As a licensed asbestos removal contractor, we undertake work to the highest standards ensuring safety is at the forefront on all our projects.

Our project teams have the experience to act as principal contractor during the enabling phase of the project through to construction.

We utilise the latest technology to ensure projects are monitored through each phase of the works, providing you with “peace of mind” that works are being delivered safely. In addition we undertake impartial auditing utilising external organisations, which enables us to ensure we are providing consistency across all our teams.

Gwella have all the relevant industry accreditations to provide you with confidence you are appointing a contractor with the relevant skills and competencies to undertake your works.

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Choosing an Asbestos Removal Contractor

Hiring an asbestos removal company, and not doing it yourself, is the wisest and safest decision when it comes to removing asbestos from any residential, commercial or public building. HSE Licensed Asbestos removal companies follow strict regulations and processes and carry the right removal equipment to keep them, others and you safe from exposure.
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We are fully licensed to remove and dispose of asbestos

Highly Trained Team

Our asbestos removal team undergo continuous training and assessment

Third Party Audits

Our work is regularly assessed by an external compliance company

How much does asbestos removal cost?

It is highly advisable to allow a professional asbestos removal company, such as Gwella Contracting, to take care of removing or encapsulating any asbestos materials. This service obviously comes at a cost but it is very difficult to even provide a ball-park figure as there are so many variables that can change the price, including; location, type of asbestos, amount of asbestos…and so on.

However, in a lot of instances, a full asbestos removal service doesn't even have to take place. Instead, we often encapsulate the hazardous material to ensure that it isn't damaged and is not shedding any fibres, which can dramatically bring down the cost. The best way to find out how much asbestos removal costs is to get in touch with us regarding your own individual issue and we can take it from there.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of soft, flexible fibres that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. Its strength and flexibility meant that asbestos became an extremely popular insulation material in industrial buildings, commercial buildings and residential homes and garages built pre-2000. Although asbestos was an extremely effective material in many ways, we now know that it comes with serious health risks. In 1999, the use of all types of asbestos (except in very limited and regulated situations) was finally banned in the UK.

How to get an asbestos removal quote

As there are so many variables related to removing asbestos, there is no real way of carrying-out the task for a fixed-fee without first having a quote. The best thing to do is contact us and we will find out more details from you in order to provide a correct quote. You can easily contact us using the “contact us” buttons throughout this website or via [email protected]

Where do you find asbestos?

Asbestos was a popular material for commercial construction and can be found in a lot of buildings that were built pre-1999. That includes offices, schools, factories, hospitals, and many residential homes. Its natural strength and versatility meant asbestos was used for a vast range of different products, most notably:

  • Thermal insulation applied to roofs, pipework, boilers etc.
  • Insulating boards as walls, soffits, doors and firebreaks
  • Cement products including flat or profiled sheet walls and roofs, rainwater goods, flues and pipes
  • “Artex” textured wall or ceiling coatings
  • Vinyl floor tiles and adhesives

Can I remove asbestos myself?

Due to the hazardous nature of broken or disturbed asbestos, never try to remove asbestos yourself. Asbestos is known as the silent killer as its fibres when airborne, cannot be seen or smelt. Only trained professionals with the appropriate accreditation and experience, such as Gwella Contracting, should remove asbestos.

You should only hire tradespeople to remove asbestos if they are competent to do so; HSE licensed contractors are qualified to remove all types of asbestos. Check they are adequately insured and have a Hazardous Waste Carriers Licence to transport the asbestos once they remove it. View our accreditations.

Types of asbestos

Chrysotile

This was the most popular type of asbestos used in the UK and accounts for over 90% of all asbestos in commercial building materials. It was particularly common in roofing materials and cement. Chrysotile was used up until 1999.


Amosite

More commonly known as ‘brown asbestos’, Amosite has coarse, strong fibres and was often used for asbestos insulation boards (AIBs). As one of the more dangerous types of asbestos, Amosite was banned from the UK in the 1980s.


Crocidolite

Much rarer in the UK than other types of asbestos, Crocidolite (or ‘blue asbestos’) was used for a lot of insulation products. Its short, spikey fibres easily puncture the lining of the lung, making it one of the most dangerous types of asbestos. Crocidolite was banned from the UK in the 1980s.

What are the risks of asbestos?

Asbestos in good condition doesn’t pose any immediate health risks. The danger comes when it’s broken down or disturbed, releasing asbestos dust into the air that can be inhaled. The three most common health conditions caused by asbestos exposure are:


Asbestosis

This is a chronic respiratory disease that causes serious scarring of lung tissue. Asbestosis causes progressive shortness of breath and pain when breathing and, in severe cases, can be fatal.


Lung cancer

Asbestos is known to be a carcinogen and, therefore, many deaths associated with asbestos exposure are due to lung cancer. It’s the same type of lung cancer caused by smoking.


Mesothelioma

This is a rare and aggressive form of cancer often occurring in the thin membrane lining of the lungs, chest and abdomen. Almost all cases of Mesothelioma are exclusively linked to asbestos exposure and, by the time it’s diagnosed, are almost always fatal. Asbestos fibre exposure is untreatable and currently accounts for around 5,000 deaths per year in the UK. That’s why it’s so important to deal with it safely. Removing health risks more than outweighs the cost of asbestos removal.

Types of Asbestos Removal

Before starting an asbestos removal project, an asbestos survey should be carried out to determine the type, location, condition and amount of asbestos present. This survey will then dictate the type of asbestos removal that is required.

Licensable

  • removing sprayed coatings (limpet asbestos)
  • removal or other work which may disturb pipe lagging any work involving loose fill insulation
  • work on asbestos millboard
  • cleaning up significant quantities of loose/fine debris containing ACM dust (where the work is not sporadic and of low intensity, the control limit will be exceeded or it is not short duration work)
  • work on AIB, where the risk assessment indicates that it will not be of short duration

Notifiable Non-Licensable

  • asbestos cement products (eg roof sheeting) where the material will be substantially damaged or broken up (eg as a result of fire or flood damage)
  • asbestos cement products (eg roof sheeting) where the material will be substantially broken up, creating significant quantities of dust and debris (eg ‘dropping’ an asbestos cement roof)
  • removal of asbestos paper and cardboard products if not firmly bonded in a matrix
  • large-scale removal of textured decorative coatings using steaming or gelling methods (eg beyond that required for maintenance activities such as installation/replacement of smoke alarms and fittings)
  • minor, short duration work to remove asbestos insulating board as part of a refurbishment project
  • minor short duration work involving asbestos insulation eg repairing minor damage to a small section of pipe insulation where the exterior coating has been broken or damaged

Non-Licensed

  • Cleaning up small quantities of loose/ fine debris containing ACM dust (where the work is sporadic and of low intensity, the control limit will not be exceeded and it is short duration work)
  • Drilling of textured decorative coatings for installation of fixtures/fittings
  • Encapsulation and sealing-in work on asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that are in good condition
  • Most removal of bonded asbestos materials such as asbestos cement products, vinyl floor tiles, bitumen, felts and rubber products
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Asbestos Waste Collection

We can also collect bagged asbestos waste from your premises and ensure it is taken to a licensed facility for disposal.

Waste will be transported in our sealed asbestos waste vans, in accordance with the hazardous waste regulations and in strict compliance with legal waste consignment protocols.

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Our clients' reviews

We are very proud of the asbestos removal service that we provide. Read our testimonials from our happy customers.

Asbestos removal is extremely well controlled…

May 9, 2024

“The management of Asbestos removal is extremely well controlled by our partners Gwella and Wrings Demolition. The management process is also being managed well by WD management team that clearly show the controls in place by the asbestos management noticeboard placed in the main office.”

Karl - Wilmott Dixon

Its been a pleasure working with you all…

April 19, 2024

“Just wanted to email and thank you and your team for all your hard work and efforts on Hepatology. Please pass on my thanks to all involved. It’s certainly been challenging, but what a fantastic, good quality facility achieved / handed over today and more importantly a delighted Client. It’s been a pleasure working with you all on this one and look forward to the next.”

Kevin - Nevada Construction

Very proactive and accommodating

March 27, 2024

“My feedback regarding the Gwella lads and the works so far have been excellent, I have had several internal calls with Vinci stating that Gwella, Dan, Jamie and his team would be my choice of future asbestos removals. The guys have all been very proactive and accommodating while working within our current restraints and obviously very professional.”

Tony - Vinci Facilities

A pleasure working with you

March 21, 2024

“Firstly, thank you to you and your staff for all the hard work you carried out in the Tamar. It’s been a pleasure working with you on this project and we look forward to working closely with you all again in the future.”

Carl - Fox Construction Solutions Limited

Absolutely fantastic job

March 21, 2024

“Absolutely fantastic job today Dave! Wouldn’t have known you’d been there had the ceiling not been missing! Thanks so much.”

Sarah Squires

I wish the future sub contractors I employ would work like these guys!

February 12, 2024

“I would just like to say how impressed I was with Matt and Ross who finished on the job yesterday at Fairwinds, Coverack yesterday! They have been there the last two weeks removing the external asbestos which wasn’t easy for them given the site obstacles. They are the best subcontractors that have been on the site so far and I wish the future sub contractors I employ would work like these guys!! They never complained once and were very helpful to us as we were them. I would not hesitate to recommend your company in the future given the work ethics these guys have shown. These guys are a credit to your team!!”

Lee - Garner Builders

A credit to your company

December 3, 2023

“Jack is a credit to your company. Really friendly, knowledgeable and nothing too much trouble. Grateful if you could give him this feedback.”

Rob, Private Client

Congratulations

November 22, 2023

“I can only say it has been great working with Gwella up to this point. Congratulations to you and the whole team. Keep up the great work.”

Wesley - VINCI Facilities

Could not have asked for a better result

November 21, 2023

“Thank you once again for your assistance and urgency in this matter today. We could not have asked for a better result or a quicker turnaround. I have let the relevant management at SCIS know of your excellent service today.”

Kitty - South Coast Insulation Services

Response from Gwella Contracting

Thanks for the kind words, Kitty, and glad that we could be of assistance to South Coast Insulation Services – Jason Wells

Very much appreciated

November 13, 2023

“I just wanted to say thanks to you and Gwella for helping sort the situation out reactively, it is very much appreciated by me and all the team at Imerys.”

Graham, Imerys – Site Manager

Works done in such a timely manner

November 3, 2023

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you for making sure the classrooms were safe and ready for Monday morning. We are grateful for your sense of urgency to get these works done in such a timely manner. Thanks to your teams and everyone involved.”

Sam - The Rainbow Multi Academy Trust
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A great asset

October 12, 2023

“Gwella are a great asset to South Coast Building Company Ltd. You and your team are always spot-on for advice and support. The extra mile always seems minimum standard to you and your Team.”

Daren - South Coast Building Company Ltd.
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Thanks for your hard work

October 10, 2023

“Firstly, many thanks for your hard work and willingness to assist with all the jobs and backlog. I appreciate your efforts by making my work easier, so thank you.”

Deane - Lorne Stewart Facilities Management
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Managed the team and works extremely well

October 9, 2023

“All the works went extremely well…

Sam managed the team and works extremely well, no issues throughout the whole of the cleaning. The client was also very grateful for the completed works and the standings set by Gwella during the works.”

Paul - Project Manager, VIVO Defence
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Brilliant work

October 9, 2023

“Brilliant work in building 91. Thank you to you and your team!”

Sue, Landmarc Support Services Limited
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A credit to their organisation

October 9, 2023

“Can I just pass on my thanks from a Unit perspective to the contractors working in Camp on the Chard Block Demolition task.

They have been excellent as there has been no disruption to the pattern of life in Camp.

They should be commended for their level of professionalism and they are a credit to their organisation.”

Major Rankine - Ministry of Defence
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Wonderful service…

October 4, 2023

“Thank you again for the wonderful service provided by your company.”

Private client
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They went above and beyond

September 28, 2023

“I have to say we were stunned by the two chaps who came to remove my mum’s ancient storage heater yesterday. From the moment they arrived they were completely focused on making sure that the job was done perfectly.

They tried lifting the heater: it was incredibly heavy and up a curving flight of stairs. They were determined to get it out nevertheless: after discussion they decided that the safest way was for them to suit up, seal off the area, and take some of the bricks out. This meant waking up my 85 year old mum and getting her out whilst they did the job. She was a bit anxious about this but your two chaps were nothing but polite, respectful, kind and thoughtful with her.

My husband and I cannot speak highly enough of these two men. Within the hour we had a phone call saying the job was complete and we could bring mum back. When we got back the place was immaculate and the heater had gone. What a relief!

We were so impressed by how lovely the two chaps were that we tried to offer them a tip: this was refused with the words:’ It’s enough for us to do a good job.’ Wow.

These two are an absolute credit to your company. They went above and beyond to make sure this job was done on time and done well, and that a rather anxious old lady was not upset, rushed, worried or flustered. They treated her with total respect and kindness.”

Helen, Glen and Felicity - Domestic Private Clients
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Friendly, polite and professional

September 27, 2023

“Your men have just picked up the waste. What a friendly, polite and professional couple they were. A credit to your company. We will certainly recommend your company to any body looking for waste disposal.”

Peter - Domestic Private Client
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First-class service

September 20, 2023

“Just a quick thank you for the first-class service we have received from start to finish on the project at our unit. The Gwella team have been professional, reliable and helpful throughout whilst maintaining a clear desire to try and please.”

Ryan Frost - South West Electrics Ltd
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Great Job!

September 13, 2023

“Thanks to your on-site team who did a great job”

Stephen Hird - SJH Design Services Ltd
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Amazing job

August 24, 2023

“Just to reiterate, the boys did an amazing job, so very pleased with what they did.”

Andrew - Private Client
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Thanks to the team

August 16, 2023

“Thanks to the team for completing the job so swiftly.”

David - Camborne Science & International Academy
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The extra mile

August 3, 2023

“The project was quite a complex process, with the Management of Electrical Contractor ensuring electrical services safely removed and disconnected of the walls and ceiling of the Main Boiler house. Gwella did a great job working closely with other Contractors, ensuring that the overall project ran smoothly and efficiently. The Gwella team did a really professional job of the quilling back to bare brick and concrete. They went the extra mile, identifying additional areas that had been discovered during works and got those works done in a very timely fashion and were praised by Vinci and DIO. Looking forward to working with Gwella on any of our future projects.”

Sonny - Vinci Facilities
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Fantastic job

August 2, 2023

I also wanted to say a huge thank you to the crew, particularly the young man who did the clearing up on the final day. He did a fantastic job.

Ann - Private Domestic Client
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Outstanding service provided by your company

July 26, 2023

Dear Team @ Gwella contracting services

Wanted to provide some direct feedback about the outstanding service provided by your company.

We are currently going through renovations on our home in Newquay Cornwall. We found asbestos in our ceilings of the whole first floor of our house, all the tradesmen on site could not recommend any companies to deal with the problem, so we had to search and find someone who could help, it is important to note at this point we are naive to building works and really had no clue what we were doing, in short we were running blind and had no idea how to deal with this.

After a Google search and contacting a few companies we came across Gwella – this is where are challenge became easy. The reason for this was because of how you, as a company, handled are enquiry.

From the first call everything was explained in simple terms, you found solutions to some difficult issues we faced, you were clear on price and timeframes but, more importantly, you listened to what we needed doing and kept finding solutions, your team on the end of the phone just kept us calm and offered knowledgeable advise.

Due to the nature of the build and this unexpected challenge we needed a quick response, I was hopeful at best of my unrealistic time frame, however you managed it, calls were made and you came back in a few hours and everything was set up. Within 3 days the team were on site.

When living in a house during renovations it it very difficult because trades have to work around you, your team were outstanding, respectful at all times, professional with a lovely balance of being engaging and being good people.

The price we paid shocked all the trades on site being such good value for the work needed to be done, work ethic by the team was excellent, once in they didn’t stop , kept the environment clean and safe whilst they worked.

To summarise; the quality of work and customer service provided by Gwella was outstanding, we can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us, I have already recommended you to all, one of trades guys contacted me only the other morning asking the name of your firm.

Excellent all round.

Damian - Private Client
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Fantastic work

June 27, 2023

“Thanks again for the fantastic work. The guys were brilliant.”

Tim - Atlantic House
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A pleasure to work with

June 27, 2023

“We would just like to say, the team on site were great and a pleasure to work with so thank you to the Gwella team. “

Lewis - Weaver Demolition
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Fantastic from start to finish

June 21, 2023

“The Gwella team were fantastic from start to finish – We received a really competitive quote and great communication to get our asbestos removal booked in; the office team were really helpful and friendly! The removal team arrived on time and were so polite, professional and friendly. They executed the job perfectly and went above and beyond to help us further. Everything was left immaculate too! We could not be happier with the service we received, and highly recommend Gwella!”

Dean - Private client
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They were both wonderful

June 21, 2023

“Two of your chaps removed asbestos at mine last week. On their last day I had a nasty fall. I wanted to thank them for all they did. They called an ambulance and kept me as calm and comfortable as possible, laid out on the road. They were both wonderful but I don’;t know how to contact them to say so. I broke my arm and damaged my face, but without them I could still be laid out on the small country lane. Thank you. Anne xxxx”

Anne - Private Client
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Speedy service

June 7, 2023

“Thanks again to Gwella for the speedy service attending the job, much appreciated 😊”

Marc - Westcountry Maintenance Services Ltd
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Much appreciated

June 6, 2023

“Thanks for sorting that little job last night, much appreciated.”

Ben - Symons Construction Ltd
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Feedback on your guys has been great

June 6, 2023

“Camborne college has gone really well. The feedback on your guys has been great, so thanks for the help and support on the project”.

Jonny – Weaver Demolition
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Thorough and prompt

May 25, 2023

“Thank you for the removal of the Asbestos at Heysbury. Your team were thorough and prompt. Please pass on my thanks.”

Greg - Landmarc support services Ltd
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Very good job

May 23, 2023

“Your team did a very good job down there, thanks!”

Dan - Hughes & Salvidge
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A professional and helpful team

May 19, 2023

“Thank you for your team’s efforts at St Mawgan. A professional and helpful team, appreciated by us and VIVO.”

Neil - Obedair Construction
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Super efficient

May 2, 2023

“Thank you for super efficient friendly service…”

Private Client
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You’ve been excellent, as always…

April 24, 2023

Hi Evie. I just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for your help over the past few days. With key Managers being away on leave, at times I’ve needed your opinion on a few things. You’ve been excellent, as always, and I’m very grateful to you for always picking up the phone and responding to emails so quickly.

Christopher
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Friendly and professional company

April 6, 2023

“Gwella were a very friendly and professional company, completed the works in the time agreed with the highest quality and care, hassle-free. It would be a pleasure to see them on many of our future projects.”

Harry, Site Manager
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Brilliant service…

March 31, 2023

“We really appreciate your brilliant service and all your help.”

Jennifer, Pure Cornish Design
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An excellent and professional job

March 10, 2023

“Thank you for issuing the Air test certificates so promptly, I would just like to say that yourself, Callum and his partner did an excellent and professional job for us; really careful, safety conscious and very helpful chaps.”

Tony, BAM Construction Ltd

Great job

February 9, 2023

“The guys did a great job for us.”

Steve, Redruth School
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Attitude of your operatives was fantastic

February 9, 2023

“The demeanour and attitude of your operatives was fantastic, the way they responded to questions and the induction also their interaction with the resident regarding the asbestos removal process.”

Bryn - Project Manager, Bell
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Really pleased with everything…

February 8, 2023

“Thank you for the work undertaken. We were really pleased with everything.”

Francesca - Private Client
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The lads were spot on

February 8, 2023

“Just wanted to say thank you to you and your team. The lads were spot on, kept in touch with me and gave a good handover. Really pleased how clean and tidy it is. Look forward to working together again.”

Daren - South Coast Building Company Ltd
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It’s been a pleasure

February 1, 2023

It’s been a pleasure working with you guys!

Phil - Collard Contracting
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Very professional from start to finish

January 9, 2023

“Just wanted to send a quick email to say thanks for the job your lads did last week at Dartmouth naval college.

It was a pleasure to work with them and they were very professional from start to finish, especially when it came to the confined space entry.

All safety requirements were met and suitable equipment was in place and used at all times.

Thanks also to you for all your assistance with paperwork , etc.”

VIVO
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Very professional and prompt service

January 4, 2023

“Gwella have recently carried-out removal of a section of AIB tiles for MEC at Derriford hospital. From start to finish they offer a very professional and prompt service. I had a site engineer come out in a timely manner to survey the works, their knowledge and experience was extremely reassuring. Following this, an in depth easy to understand quotation was produced at a very competitive rate.

Once employed, the communication was excellent and everything happened in line with what was put across in the quotation.

The guys that attended site, from the scaffolders to the guys removing the asbestos, were all very courteous and professional and were happy to assist wherever possible.

The paperwork for the removal was issued correctly and completed first time around.

It was a pleasure to have you working with us and will definitely be using again.”

Mike - MEC
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Gwella have been great…

December 22, 2022

“I would just like to say a big thankyou for all of your assistance over the past few months. Gwella have been great, helping us out temporary boarding jobs at short notice, buying us the required time until we can attend to complete a full removal and repair.”

LiveWest
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Your guys have been a pleasure

December 20, 2022

“Can I say your guys have been a pleasure to have on the estate. They have been extremely polite and helping residents with their shopping up the stairs. We don’t pass on the good things so thought I would share this one.”

Jane - Anchor
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If you need help with any aspect of Asbestos Removal, from initial surveys, through to removal and disposal, talk to one of our highly knowledgeable team today and we'll be delighted to help.

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