Limerick University to Strip Asbestos From €8m City Centre Base

10 Apr 2023

Limerick University to Strip Asbestos From €8m City Centre Base

At OHSS, we bring you regular blogs like this one to highlight the very real danger asbestos still represents, despite being banned from construction in Ireland many years ago. Today’s subject focuses on Limerick University and its plans to have asbestos removal and disposal work carried out at the €8m city-centre campus. 

As part of the plan to bring the entire building into use, following a single section being opened for the first time in recent months, asbestos has been identified in a section of the building not currently being used. This comes after the deadly material was removed from the former Dunnes retail site was purchased in 2019.

Contractors to Carry Out Work 

Following asbestos surveys carried out at the university site in March 2023, contractors are set to carry out asbestos removal works. The work involves a suspended ceiling & associated grid system, asbestos insulating board in the former staff canteen, corridor, office and boiler room areas, as well as red putty ACMs in its floor tiles and old air ducting. 

Speaking about the work, a university spokesperson had this to say, "This is a key project for the revitalisation of the city. Meanwhile, proposals from the campus community are currently being considered for further interim use of the building while the master planning takes place.”

Having been built in 1989 when asbestos was still being used in construction, Limerick University was always going to have to take the dangers presented by the material in any refurbishment works. As such, it’s indicative of the work that’s still to do in many established buildings across the country. 

Supporting Irish Businesses Against the Dangers of Asbestos 

This latest development is yet another indication of the widespread existence of asbestos in Ireland's established building stock. It also serves to demonstrate that the wisest path is to trust the experts whenever asbestos removal is required. As such, just a single airborne fibre can lead to loss of life. 

At OHSS, we've been protecting Irish businesses from the dangers of asbestos since 2001, so if you suspect its presence in your premises, be sure to give us a call. To find out more about our entire range of asbestos and occupational hygiene services, visit us at Alternatively, to speak to a member of our team, call us on 01 6905907, and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.