Lot 2 of the renovation works on the Roseau Cathedral, which involved the removal of asbestos-containing roof tiles, has been completed.
The project was carried out between July 26 and 29 and Dr. George Sammy, Environmental Impact Assessment expert, told a press conference on Monday that the project was done safely.
“At this point we can say that all of the asbestos material from the Cathedral has been safely removed and safely disposed of at the landfill,” Sammy affirmed.
He pointed out that while the tiles were being removed air quality monitoring was done at a number of locations around the cathedral. “These included the Methodist church, La Falaise Lab, the Social Center, Lisa’s Nurseries, St Mary’s Academy and many others,” he said. “All the results were below the accepted standard for asbestos in the air.”
He also said cleaning was done on a number of buildings around the project and and that too was done successfully.
The project now moves on to Phase 3 which will include demolition, structural steel work and sealing of the roof.
Principle consultant from Consulting Engineering Partnership, Joseph Gregoire, said the architectural feature of the church will be retained during the project.
“The objective is to try and retain the architectural picture of the church as much as possible. In other words what we would like to do is that when the church is completed, you would hardly know the difference what was there before and what is to be there,” Gregoire explained.
The overall project which is expected to last some three years is costing $8-million.
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