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Company:The Building Intelligence Group
Project:Spark ATC Asbestos Removal Project, Auckland
Telecommunications company, Spark had undertaken an asbestos identification and management survey across its property portfolio. An outcome was that Spark’s AT Building in the Auckland CBD was identified as having asbestos contamination that needed removal. The Building Intelligence Group (TBIG) were engaged as project manager, with Raji Rai representing TBIG.
The biggest challenge was to ensure that the facility was operational during the asbestos removal works. Due to the quantum of the works and short time slot available, Spark and TBIG agreed to engaged two main contractors to undertake the work. Safely removing asbestos from a building is a challenge, while safely removing asbestos from live technical spaces amplifies the risk, as any failures would be detrimental to Spark and their customers. There was a considerable time pressure overlay to the project also, as Spark had moved the AT Building’s 400 occupants into temporary accommodation for the duration of the asbestos removal project
The project was successfully completed without any single outage to Spark’s services and the asbestos breaches reported were able to be contained within the active zones. This accomplishment gave certainty and confidence to Spark that their contractors and customers were not exposed to any risk while working in this building during the project. The project was also successfully finished on time, which enabled Spark to repopulate 400 staff safely back into the AT Building as programmed.
The judges were impressed by Raji’s total commitment to attaining a result on what was a complex project both technically and logistically. Raji’s planning had to be second to none, with that planning tested by the unforeseen such as; the failure of a sub-contractor mid project, and an agile workface that compromised plans daily. As the client said, “The scale and risk of the asbestos remediation works within a working voice and data exchange was off the scale.”