Q Construction was approached by Greenstone Group to develop a scope of works and price for the removal of the asbestos containing cladding and replace it with a similar fibre cement sheet material.
The intention was to leave the appearance of the building unchanged. The school was built in the 1930’s.
The works involved developing an asbestos removal methodology. Q did this in consultation with the asbestos removal specialist and an air monitoring specialist as required by MOE. The gables were accessed from an EWP and the removal was completed in a day. The gable ends were covered with plastic sheeting as a temporary rain screen, to keep the roof space dry, before the new cladding was installed. The native timber framing was found to be in good condition and the new cladding was
installed. Some repair work was required to the finial on one of the gables. Once the new cladding was completed, it was painted to match the school’s colour scheme.
Given the nature of the work, the school requested the work be completed during the two-week school holidays at the end of term 3. This required careful planning particularly since Ruatoki is a remote settlement, inland from Whakatane.
The project was completed in 10 days as required, to the satisfaction of the school principal.