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Asbestos contamination calls for additional playing field protection

Discovery on asbestos contaminated ground at a site of a new playing field in Dorset will result in the entire site being covered by a membrane and raising of ground levels.

Dorset County Council has said that the discovery of asbestos in the soil at The Marsh site in Weymouth in June has delayed the project “due to the complex nature of the preparatory ground work” but work on installing the Terram membrane is now due to start work next week.

The council worked with WPA Consultants following the discovery of the asbestos material.

In a statement, the council said: “For health and safety reasons, a membrane will be laid across the entire footprint of the new play area and the ground level will be raised importing extra topsoil to a depth of 0.5m to enable the equipment to be fitted. By increasing soil levels it guarantees that any footings will not enter the waste pile and disturb the contaminated material.

“The original design covered a large area of land, but in order to keep cost down the footprint of the play area has had to be reduced. The additional groundworks to accommodate the installation of the play equipment has increased the cost of the project by £10,000.”


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