SOCOTEC Supports MOD Community Project

26 March 2018

SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, is delighted to have supported the Royal Logistics Corps by undertaking an asbestos survey on a community project at Dishforth Barracks, North Yorkshire.

6 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps (6 RLC) is a large Army Regiment of over 500 soldiers and their families. Due to the remote location of the Barracks between the North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales, there are limited social facilities available close by. The project intends to renovate an old sports pavilion, currently in a state of disrepair, into a café and venue for welfare and social events for the benefit of the spouses and children of the unit’s soldiers.

Before any renovation work could commence on the building, an asbestos survey was required to ensure that any asbestos containing materials were identified and appropriately managed or remediated.   

James Dodgson, commercial director, Asbestos, SOCOTEC, commented: “SOCOTEC has a long history of supporting the military with their asbestos management requirements, ensuring that military buildings are safe for our serving soldiers and their families. We are delighted to have been able to give something back through this extremely positive project. The Royal British Legion's project plans will provide much needed amenity and social space for 6 RLC soldiers and their families, something we are proud to be a small part of.”

Funded through the Royal British Legion, the project is heavily reliant on the generosity of the local community, with volunteers from 6 RLC and their families assisting with painting and cleaning.  SOCOTEC was also able to secure the services of a removal contractor to further support 6 RLC, at no additional cost for the regiment.

Chris Hepburn, Artificer Sergeant Major, 6 RLC said: “We are very grateful for all support from the wider community in making the plans a much needed reality for the soldiers and their families. Having SOCOTEC’s expertise for the asbestos survey gave us peace of mind and ensured the project could go through, as planned.”

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