As­bestos found at city YMCA

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - LAINE MOGER

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.

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