Queen’s University Belfast, MAP

Removal of Asbestos Materials - MAP Building

Project Overview





Under £500,000



18 weeks


Project Summary

We were appointed by Queen’s University Belfast to undertake the specialist treatment and removal of Asbestos Containing Materials within the new Maths and Physics (MAP) building.

Located within the heart of the University’s main Belfast campus, the works comprised the removal of:

  • Thermal Insulation to pipe services and walls
  • Asbestos Paper anti-condensation barrier under glass fibre insulation in risers and voids
  • Asbestos paper, rubble and debris
  • Asbestos containing firebreak within risers
  • Asbestos containing ceiling and wall panels
  • AIB lining to cupboards


Scope of Work:

  • Isolation of all mechanical/electrical services within all corridors
  • Disconnection and complete strip out of all services
  • Removal of all ACMs from within structure of corridors
  • Complete deep environmental clean of all surfaces
  • Re-survey of area on completion
  • Handover to Installation Contractors


Long-term research projects in the adjacent laboratories were ongoing throughout the programme of works. All works therefore had to be coordinated to ensure minimal disruption. To this effect, sound and vibration monitors were installed throughout the operational site to ensure the works did not interfere with the specialist equipment.

Queen’s University Belfast dates back to 1845 and is now recognized as one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities; QUB is ranked 200 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020).

Output & Results

  • Liaison with Service users onsite in relation to sensitivities around laboratory operational schedules and works planned accordingly
  • Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) in place for coordinating all works 
  • Weekly Progress Reports with all relevant stakeholders
  • The Projects had variations of four weeks but were successfully completed within a two-week timeframe
  • All works completed within agreed timescales and to the entire satisfaction of the client

The Precision Group has been a trusted supply partner of Queen’s University Belfast since XXX.  Other projects have included the University’s Medical Biology Centre (MBC) and David Keir Building, a GradeB1 listed building.

Services Delivered

  • Asbestos Survey
  • Detailed Risk Assessments
  • Hazardous Waste Removal
  • Asbestos Removal
  • Thermal Residue Removal

We continue to deliver first class services for the Group, which in turn allows the Hospital Group to continue their strategic program of renovation and improvement.

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Steven Pimblett

Head of Finance

After studying accountancy at Queen’s University of Belfast and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2001, Steven “moved to industry” in 2002, holding senior finance roles with several local businesses.  

Steven joined The Precision Group in 2019 and was appointed Finance Director in 2020.  Steven leads Precision’s experienced and dedicated Finance Team.  He constantly strives to maximise the long-term financial performance of the Group via the provision of robust, considered and pragmatic guidance to both internal management and the board.  

In addition, Steven, together with the finance team, manage the day to day finances of Precision and provide accurate and timely information to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.    

Eddie Finn

Head of Technical Services – Construction & Building Division

Eddie joined The Precision Group in 2016 as Head of Technical Services for the Construction & Building Division.

With over 25 years’ experience within the Construction & Building Sector, Eddie has managed many large scale construction projects across the UK and Ireland.  

Along with a wealth of industry experience, Eddie holds numerous professional qualifications and accreditations, including MCIOB, ACIBE, IOSH, NVQ Level 7 in Construction Senior Management and the Constructions Skill Register Black Construction Management Card.

Not content with standing still, Eddie is currently working towards the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health & Safety.

Alan Stringer

Senior Contracts Manager

Alan is one of the company’s longest-serving employees, having joined the Precision Group in 2000 as a Specialist Contracts Manager.

He is currently responsible for the development and management of the Precision Group’s specialist technical services, primarily within the Utility Data Capture arena.  Latest projects include the Cork City DAP, which was one of the largest European drainage asset surveys completed in recent years.

Alan often represents the Group at various international water and engineering sector forums.  In his spare time, he is a motorcycles and rugby enthusiast.

“Our dedicated Utility Data Capture team offer specialist asset surveying and data management services across the UK, Ireland and Europe. It is imperative we remain at the forefront in terms of the technology we utilise, both on site and within our back office, including the provision of industry leading data packages designed to exceed our clients requirements.”

Kevin Lynch

HSE Manager

An experienced HSE Manager, Kevin’s primary role within the Group is to lead a positive HSE culture throughout the company and bring practical HSE solutions to the day-to-day operations of the business. 

Kevin provides professional advice and support for the Group’s Contract Managers, Supervisors and other staff in relation to all health, safety and environmental matters, including client site audits.

As HSE Manager, Kevin has overall responsibility for compliance with all current legislation, including codes of practice and relevant standards, across The Precision Group. He also manages the Group’s Integrated Management System, including ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001, ensuring critical control points are monitored effectively.

With over 30 years’ experience within the Fire and Rescue Service, Kevin brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Seamus McCallan

Operations Manager – Construction & Building Division - Asbestos

After being involved in his family business for over 15 years,  Seamus joined The Precision Group as one of two Contracts Managers, overseeing all projects within the specialist Asbestos division.

Now head of the Group’s Asbestos Division, Seamus has primary responsibility for over 20 staff, managing projects in excess of £1.5m last year.  With over 25 years’ experience within the Asbestos and Demolition / Construction industries, Seamus has a wealth of experience within the sector, paired with exceptional communication and leadership skills.

Seamus places significant emphasis on open and transparent communication, fostering strong relationships between clients, contractors and internal stakeholders alike, to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.

“Having experienced several changes within the Industry over the past three decades, the ability to improvise and adapt in any given situation is essential.  As a team, we continually strive to deliver the best service in our field”.

Kevin Williams

Managing Director

Kevin has a long history with The Precision Group, beginning his tenure as Financial Controller, some 20 years ago.  His career quickly progressed to Finance & IT Director, leading to his current position of Managing Director in 2013.

As a Chartered Accountant, Kevin has a steely interest in the financial planning and management for all Precision Group Companies, playing a pivotal role in the overall strategic direction of the Group.  Kevin is an inclusive Managing Director, leading the Senior Management team and empowering them at every opportunity to push forward.

In Kevin’s words –

“The company started over 30 years ago as a local contract cleaning company; I am proud to have been part of the company’s growth to become one of Northern Ireland’s most diverse business providers.  Today, in addition to our core Facilities Management services, we offer a host of other specialist services including asbestos removal, thermo-chemical cleaning and process equipment refurbishment.  We will continue to invest in the up-skilling of our workforce who are paramount to our future growth and will continue to fervently seek out opportunities in other sectors and geographic locations.  We are delighted to include some of the top players within the Global Oil & Gas industry, in our client lists.”