This type of survey must be carried out prior to any planned refurbishment, renovation or demolition, whether it's a whole building or just specific parts. It is a requirement under the Construction (Design & Management) 2007 Regulations and as part of the ‘building controllers’ responsibility in accordance with the ‘Control of Asbestos Regulation 2012’.
This type of survey is used to locate, as far as is ‘reasonably practicable’, all ACMs within a building and may involve destructive inspection to gain access to all areas. A full sampling programme is undertaken to identify possible ACMs and estimates of their extent made. The survey is intended for use as a basis for tendering the removal of ACMs from the building prior to demolition or refurbishment.