26 August 2016

Fusion Residential


Fusion Residential acquired Plummer House on Market Street, Newcastle, in order to re-develop it into a 251-room student accommodation scheme. Large parts of the building were being demolished and rebuilt, whilst refurbishing and converting the retained listed parts.

Fusion Residential recognises the importance of managing the risk of asbestos containing materials, to protect the Health and Safety of their employees, contractors and members of the public, whilst undertaking such a large scale demolition and refurbishment in Newcastle City Centre. Enquin Environmental was appointed to undertake a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey throughout the building.


Enquin Environmental was asked to carry out a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey at short notice and a tight timescale to inform an enabling works contract within a matter of weeks.  This required early agreement of terms and mobilisation to site, including detailed briefings with the Conservation Architect regarding the surveys intrusive strategy as many of the listed features were inside the existing building.

Our survey team worked closely with the building management team, architects and owners to ensure a complicated survey strategy and plan was delivered on time, despite access limitations, and with consideration to structural integrity and health and safety requirements.

Enquin devised job specific in-house procedures to ensure a fast internal turnaround on reporting.

Project Details

Plummer House is a Grade II listed building comprising a floor area of approximately 8,500m2.

In the early years of the last century, the 1910 building was famously known as Tilley’s, which held tea dances in the ballroom. A complex scope was developed to retain many original features of the building such as the dance floor, hardwood panelling, coffered ceilings, hardwood frames, doors and some of the upper floor areas. The rear extension to the building, (added in 1936), was demolished.

Quote from Client

“Enquin’s performance exceeded our expectations in terms of delivery to time and budget and they produced a very detailed report which formed the basis of our enabling works contract tender and contract documents which was then implemented and no other asbestos was discovered  whilst works were onsite.” 

“We have used Enquin on several asbestos surveys across our United Kingdom portfolio and will continue to do so and thus have no hesitation in recommending them to other prospective clients.”

Paul Miles, Head of Construction, Fusion Students