Asbestos found at city YMCA
An asbestos discovery has closed a YMCA facility in central Auckland city.
YMCA Auckland’s chief executive Peter Fergusson said the facility closed on June 5.
Rain damage to the the Pitt St location uncovered the presence of asbestos in the stadium roof of the indoor sports facility.
Specialists immediately secured the site to ensure no public health issues, Fergusson said.
Before the public announcement, the organisation was ‘‘involved in a range of communications to staff, clients and neighbours, to alert them,’’ he said.
Engineering firm Beca inspected the roof to work out the scale of removal and repairs.
Not all asbestos is dangerous and it is used in many different ways in daily life, Fergusson said.
However, it is dangerous when it becomes airborne, so testing for that was key, he said.
Air testing conducted throughout the complex showed small pockets of undisturbed and encapsulated asbestos were identified, primarily in non-public areas.
‘‘To my knowledge, we’ve done everything by the book,’’ he said.
The cost for the entire project is likely to exceed $2 million.
‘‘The stadium roof will be replaced, and we anticipate the stadium will be fully operational and reopened at the start of 2018,’’ he said.